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  • Wednesday, November 18, 2015
    Blue Bell's back
    Blue Bell Creameries is back in business in Brenham.
     
    The company announced today that it had resumed operations at its facility here, but ice cream being made there won’t immediately be available commercially.

    “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.
     
    “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.”
     
    Operations are currently on a limited basis as the company seeks to confirm that new procedures, facility enhancements and employee training are effective.
     
    Ice cream produced will be closely monitored and tested. There is no firm date for when ice cream from the Brenham facility will be available for sale.
     
    Blue Bell released a video (https://vimeo.com/146057615) from its employees in conjunction with the reopening of its Brenham plant this morning.
     
    They expressed gratitude for the continued support and excitement of being back in production and having products in stores.
     
    “I’m excited about being able to get back down on the production floor,” said 34-year employee David Hutchinson.
     
    Blue Bell officials said 70 furloughed employees had been called back to work here.
     
    Currently Blue Bell is in phase two of its five-phase return plan and will enter phase three Dec. 14.
     
    Almost 700 of its employees, who were put on paid furlough earlier this year, have returned to work.
     
    Blue Bell began production at its Sylacauga, Ala., and Broken Arrow, Okla., facilities in July and September respectively.
     
    Blue Bell last April shut down production when Listeria was found in ice cream made at all of its facilities.
     
    The company initiated an intense cleaning process and production procedures.
     
    “We anticipate that our new procedures and enhancements that have already been implemented in Alabama and Oklahoma will also be effective in Texas,” Bridges said. “For now we will produce a limited number of products at each facility.”
     
    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.