Blue Bell Creameries undergoing major expansion


By John Dobberstein, Editor

Blue Bell Creameries has begun work on an expansion of its Broken Arrow facility that will add new jobs and opportunities, officials said Thursday.

Blue Bell is expanding its footprint by 100,000 square feet, which will add an estimated 15 new jobs, the Broken Arrow Economic Development Corp. said. Blue Bell recently accepted a Business Expansion and Retention Incentive Program (BEIP) award of $2.25 million from the EDC

“This project will have a major impact on the local economy. Everything from the materials being purchased, equipment rentals, fuel suppliers for the heavy equipment, and the hotels and restaurants for all contractors,” said Marty Kilgore, Blue Bell Broken Arrow's general manager, in a statement.

"Blue Bell is a key partner in our city's economic prosperity,” said Jennifer Conway, President and CEO of BAEDC. “This expansion not only demonstrates the company's commitment to excellence but also highlights Broken Arrow as a destination for businesses to thrive."

A rendering of Blue Bell's planned 100,000-square-foot expansion in Broken Arrow.

The EDC, recognizing the strategic importance of Blue Bell Creameries in Broken Arrow, said BEIP provided the incentive necessary to move forward with the investment.

“Blue Bell has been a great corporate citizen and community partner here in Broken Arrow for decades. The City Council and I could not be more excited about the company’s commitment to expand its operations and provide more job opportunities,” said City Manager Michael Spurgeon.

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