Empire State Development Announces Support for Ice Cream Manufacturer’s Expansion in Erie County

November 9, 2022

Perry’s Ice Cream Company’s $18 Million Project Will Add a 20,000 Square-Foot Facility, State-of-the-Art Machinery, and Create New Jobs

Empire State Development (ESD) today announced Perry’s Ice Cream Company Inc. is expanding its production capabilities to meet the growth of the novelty market, adding 20,000-square-feet to its manufacturing facility in the Village of Akron. To better accommodate the growing demand for frozen Greek yogurt novelties, Perry’s will also purchase new machinery and equipment. The company has committed to creating up to 15 new jobs as part of the expansion project; 370 jobs will be retained.

Empire State Development President, CEO, and Commissioner Hope Knight said, "Generations of Western New Yorkers have had a sweet tooth for Perry’s ice cream and I am very pleased Empire State Development could help ensure this longtime manufacturer continues to grow, compete and create new jobs here. ESD and New York State are committed to investments that give local companies like Perry’s the resources needed to not only survive but to thrive, and we look forward to the Akron facility’s expansion.”

The frozen novelty market is a $5 billion industry globally that is seeing exponential annual growth. To meet this growing demand, Perry’s will establish a new extruded novelty line that will serve its current and future contract manufacturing customers. The new line will have the ability to craft conventional ice cream-based options as well as sorbet, yogurt, non-dairy varieties and more. The $18 million project includes the addition of a 20,000-square-foot building to house the new extruded ice cream novelty machine and conveyor systems, as well as upgrades to an existing building’s engine room and pump room.

Perry’s President & CEO Robert Denning said, “Western New York is an ideal place for us to operate our growing business, service our customer base, and expand our offerings. We are grateful to ESD for providing support for our latest business opportunity. We also recognize that our success is the direct result of our team’s dedication and commitment to making the highest quality and most delicious products.”

The company’s successes couldn’t happen without the contributions of local dairy farmers who provide nearly 100% of the milk used at the growing manufacturing facility. Using the same recipe passed down through four generations, Perry’s uses fresh, local, high-quality milk and cream to craft and slow-cook its ice cream for a creamy texture and taste that consumers have enjoyed for over 100 years.  Perry’s also funds research and development into new and improving products, production processes, and logistics.  This R&D will increase as the company explores new ice cream production capabilities with the expanded technology and different types of products being manufactured.

ESD is assisting Perry’s by providing up to $365,000 in Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits in exchange for job creation commitments. Perry’s expects to be operational in the new space by late summer of 2023.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said, “Perry’s ice cream is an international favorite that has been bringing smiles to faces for generations and this expansion is sure to make those grins grow even wider. Demand for Perry’s high-quality frozen products is growing and Perry’s is growing to meet it, adding jobs and a new line to produce more of the ice cream products that customers love, made here in Erie County with milk from local dairy farms. I congratulate Perry’s on their continued growth and look forward to their continued success.”

State Assemblyman Michael Norris said, “Perry’s Ice Cream is a cornerstone of one of Western New York’s hidden gems in the Akron business community. I have had the privilege of touring Perry’s Ice Cream several times and am proud to represent a company in my district that has done things the right way for generations.  Investing in cornerstone businesses that are entwined in the fabric of a community is so important to grow and build our economy from the ground up.  I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues in Government, local businesses such as Perry’s Ice Cream, and other stakeholders to invest in New York small businesses and create jobs and growth for the future.”

Perry’s Ice Cream, a Great Lakes regional brand, was founded in 1918 and is Upstate NY’s #1 ice cream manufacturer, offering a wide variety of ice cream and frozen novelty treats. The 4th generation of the family-owned business continues building on its success by deploying a three-pillar strategy to diversify its business model: manufacturing the traditional Perry’s brand, contract manufacturing, and distributing partner brands; with a distribution system that covers more than 100,000 square miles and a global contract manufacturing segment that supplies to over 35 countries.

For additional information about Perry’s Ice Cream please visit: https://www.perrysicecream.com/.

About Empire State Development 

Empire State Development (ESD) is New York’s chief economic development agency. The mission of ESD is to promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities, increase revenues to the State and its municipalities, and achieve stable and diversified local economies. Through the use of loans, grants, tax credits and other forms of financial assistance, ESD strives to enhance private business investment and growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State. ESD is also the primary administrative agency overseeing the New York State Regional Economic Development Councils and the marketing of “I LOVE NY,” the State’s iconic tourism brand. For more information on Regional Councils and Empire State Development, please visit 

www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov and www.esd.ny.gov.

Pamm Lent | [email protected] | (716) 846-8309
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