fRozen dessert maker The Ziegenfelder Company will invest more than $29 million to build a new manufacturing facility in Lockhart, TX. The project will create 100 new jobs.
“The Ziegenfelder Company currently operates three manufacturing facilities in West Virginia, Colorado and California producing the nation’s leading frozen food brand, Budget Saver,” said Kevin Heller, President of The Ziegenfelder Company. “We’ve been in business for more than 160 years and this $29 million investment is the next stepping stone in our company’s growth. The business-friendly environment created by Lockhart and the state of Texas was a key reason for our decision to grow our business in the region.”
“I am pleased to welcome The Ziegenfelder Company, an industry leader producing affordable, high-quality frozen treats, to the Lone Star State,” said Gov. Greg Abbott. “Lockhart offers access to hardworking professionals and the logistical advantages of being located in central Texas. Already the second largest 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 make Texas the best place to live, Working and building to make a business and raise a family.”
The Ziegenfelder Company was offered a $525,000 grant from the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF).
“It has been my pleasure to work with state and local officials to support The Ziegenfelder Company’s application for grants from the Texas Enterprise Fund to build their newest facility in Lockhart,” said State Senator Judith Zaffirini. “Caldwell County’s skilled and educated workforce, rapid population growth and strong local economy make it the perfect location for this $29 million investment that will benefit countless hard-working Texans and their families.”
“It’s a refreshing addition to Lockhart’s growing economic landscape,” said Lew White, Mayor of Lockhart. “For a town the size of Lockhart, this represents a significant investment and employment opportunity for our residents. What a reward; what a treat! The Lockhart Economic Development Corporation’s efforts to welcome The Ziegenfelder Company received incredible support from all quarters of the Central Texas community. In addition to the support of the City of Lockhart, Caldwell County, the state delegation and now the addition of Governor Greg Abbott have ensured our success.”
“Lockhart has a strong economic development base to build on,” said Steve Lewis, President of the Lockhart Economic Development Corporation and Lockhart City Manager. “However, we had to be more proactive in building the assets and infrastructure needed to attract our target companies. The new SH 130 Industrial Park has enabled Lockhart to overcome a limited inventory of available sites for target industries like The Ziegenfelder Company to call our city home.”
City of Dumas Receives Film Friendly Texas Designation
The City of Dumas completed a multi-step training and certification process to be designated a film-friendly Texas community by the Texas Film Commission.
“I congratulate the City of Dumas on receiving the Film Friendly Texas designation and joining more than 160 other Texas communities who have received this recognition,” said Governor Abbott. “The Lone Star State is filled with promise, and I look forward to continuing to work with all of our communities to ensure they have the knowledge and tools needed to succeed. Through Film Friendly Texas’ training and certification process, communities large and small are poised to align local businesses with production-related needs, create jobs for Texas-based crew members and residents, and boost spending at small local businesses. I am proud of all that the Texas Film Commission has accomplished in helping communities like Dumas market their unique appeal and support local job creation through media production.”
“Being recognized as a Texas Film Friendly Community is so important on so many levels,” said Carl Watson, executive director, Dumas/Moore County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center. “The economic impact of the motion picture media industry, be it a feature film or a commercial, has a ripple effect and generates revenue for so many members of a community; The lasting effect will continue to bring benefits for years to come. We are excited to be working with the Texas Film Commission to promote Texas as a place for these great projects.”
“It’s very exciting for us to be recognized as a Texas Film Friendly Community,” said Michael Running, Executive Director, Dumas Economic Development Corporation. “This tool gives us another opportunity to engage producers who are looking for locations for their creative media projects. This was a targeted industry for us because of the economic impact and reputational investment they offer to our community, not to mention the other intangible benefits our community will receive.”
Located in the Panhandle region, the city of Dumas joins more than 160 film-friendly Texas communities statewide who receive ongoing training and guidance from the Texas Film Commission on media industry standards, best practices and the effective implementation of filming on location in their Community. The Texas Film Commission has attracted $1.95 billion in local spending and created more than 183,000 production jobs across the state from 2007 to 2022.