Ziegenfelder Co. expands production to Texas

The Ziegenfelder Co., the Wheeling-based frozen novelty company that already operates facilities in three states, has announced it has expanded to a fourth.

The company, with facilities in West Virginia, California and Colorado, will build a new facility in Lockhart, Texas, according to a release from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s office.

That project, the announcement states, will create 100 new jobs and involve more than $29 million in capital investment.

“Lockhart offers access to a hardworking skilled workforce and the logistical advantages of its Central Texas location,” Abbott said in the release. “Already the second-leading state for food manufacturing and distribution, Texas offers even more room for growth in the industry, and I look forward to celebrating The Ziegenfelder Company’s continued success as we work together to keep Texas the best place to live, work, build a business, and raise a family.”

The Ziegenfelder Co. is the maker of Budget Saver frozen treats, which can be found throughout the country. The company will receive a Texas Enterprise Fund grant of $525,000 as part of building a facility in Lockhart.

“We have been in business for more than 160 years, and this $29 million investment is the next stepping stone in our company’s growth,” said Ziegenfelder President Kevin Heller. “The business-friendly environment that Lockhart and the State of Texas have created was a major reason we decided to expand our business in the region.”

Lockhart, the county seat of Caldwell County, Texas, is less than an hour’s drive south of Austin. According to a report from the Austin Business Journal, the company plans on building a 96,000-square-foot facility.

The Lockhart City Council also approved a five-year property tax rebate for Ziegenfelder, the publication also reported.


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