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Va. dairy group buys Hagerstown ice cream plant

HAGERSTOWN — A Virginia dairy cooperative says it’s buying a vacant ice-cream plant in Hagerstown that produced Good Humor bars for nearly 30 years before it closed last year.

The Herald-Mail reported Tuesday that Valley Pride LLC of Harrisonburg, Va., plans to begin milk and ice cream production at the plant this fall.

Vice President Randy Inman says the products will be sold under the Shenandoah Family Farms label.

Inman says the company will begin production with 35 full-time workers.

He would not disclose the purchase price.

The plant was closed by the British-Dutch conglomerate Unilever in July 2012. The shutdown affected 391 workers.

Unilever closed the plant to consolidate production in Tennessee, Missouri and Nevada.

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