BRENHAM, Texas (KXAN) — After seven months of being shut down and hundreds of employees furloughed and laid off, Blue Bell Creameries says they’ve resumed operations at their Brenham facility.
“We are excited to announce that Blue Bell Ice Cream is once again being made at our main production plant in Brenham,” said Greg Bridges, vice president of operations for Blue Bell in a press release. “Over the past several months we have been preparing our facility for this day. We are very thankful for the patience and support our customers have shown Blue Bell.”
While operations have resume, the production is still on a limited basis as the company continues to implement new procedures and facility enhancements as well as employee training. The company says the ice cream made at the facility will be “closely monitored and tested.” There is also no firm date for when ice cream from the Brenham facility will be available for sale.
Back in April, the company closed its Brenham plant for intensive cleaning after several products were found to have been contaminated with Listeria. That same week, the company recalled all of its products on store shelves.
During the shutdown, the company furloughed 1,400 employees and another 1,450 were laid off—250 employees in Brenham alone. Since production has resume, the company says nearly 700 employees, who were put on paid furlough earlier this year, have returned to work.
Tours will not resume at this time at the Brenham facility, but the Country Store, Visitor Center and ice cream parlor are open to the public.