Travel down Whiskey Bottom Road in Laurel, and eventually you'll see -- and maybe even smell -- it: the 700,000-square-foot Nestle Dreyer's Ice Cream plant. The plant, known as the company's Laurel Operations Center, is one of the largest ice-cream plants in the nation. It distributes more than 200 different Dreyer's, Edy's, Haagen-Dazs and Skinny Cow ice-cream products and frozen snacks. The plant is so big it can store enough milk to fill 10 Olympic-size swimming pools, says Greg Brown, head of factory finance. Nestle bought the building in 1996, and Dreyer's moved in in 2003 after the two companies joined forces. Today, the plant employs almost 1,000 people during its peak summer season. Ice-cream sundae, anyone?
illustration by Violet Lemay
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