HARRISONBURG — A group of Shenandoah Valley dairy farmers has banded together to buy a Maryland production facility and launch a new line of products.
Valley Pride, a cooperative made up of 21 local family farms, announced today that it had purchased the former Unilever ice cream plant in Hagerstown, Md. Company officials and representatives from Hagerstown and Washington County, Md., celebrated the deal with an event at the facility on Tuesday.
Spokesman Randy Inman declined to say exactly how much the group paid for the facility, but said it was a multimillion-dollar transaction.
Company officials hope to begin production in late fall. The company will focus on milk and ice cream to start, Inman said.
The Daily News-Record will have a complete report on this story in Wednesday’s print and web editions.