The Comfy Cow, a local favorite in Louisville, Ky., announced plans to establish its first stand-alone production facility in Louisville.

The local ice cream producer and retailer will invest $2 million into a 6,500-square-foot facility in the Regency Pointe Business Center in Jeffersontown. The project is expected to create up to 50 new jobs and is expected to be up and running by early April.

“We are beyond thrilled,” says Tim Koons-McGee, co-founder. “The commissary expansion will allow us to not only expand our franchise footprint regionally and nationally, but also our grocery store presence as well. We are currently selling our product to Whole Foods of Louisville, and have an opportunity in the near term to expand that presence to their entire Mid-Atlantic Region. Long term, we are planning on a much broader national grocery store presence. Being able to expand into a state-of-the-art facility, built to our specifications, really gives us unlimited opportunities.”

In addition to the original Westport Village location, The Comfy Cow also has retail locations on Frankfort Avenue, Bardstown Road and the University of Louisville campus. Currently, the ice cream for these locations is made on-site, but production will be moved to the new facility.