Stroh’s Ice Cream Plant Will Close
Posted by Bob Skilnik on March 6, 2007
DETROIT — The Stroh’s ice cream plant near Brewery Park is closing in April and production is moving to a facility in Belvidere, Ill., company officials told The Detroit News late Tuesday. Stroh’s ice cream has been produced in Detroit since the Prohibition era and is one of the city’s last links to the Stroh family’s brewing and ice cream dynasty that began in 1850.
The decision means 29 workers will lose their jobs, but another 75 will continue to work in a warehousing and distribution facility in Detroit, said Marguerite Copel, a spokeswoman for Dallas-based Dean Foods Company, which owns the Detroit ice cream facility that produces Stroh’s, Melody Farms, Mooney’s and Nafziger’s brand ice cream.