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Tuesday, February 15, 2011
  Colorado Jobs Created by Ice Cream Company
A popular ice cream maker is creating more Colorado jobs (Click here).

Blue Bell Ice Cream recently announced its plans to open a new distribution center in Englewood, a nearby suburb of Denver. The 15,000-square-foot center will include a warehouse, office space, and cold storage facilities.

The new distribution center will initially create 15 to 20 jobs, with the possibility of adding more positions in the future. Positions are currently available for driver salesmen, merchandisers, territory managers, and office staff.

Blue Bell plans to open the distribution center this spring or summer. In the meantime, the company plans to operate from a temporarily-leased space in Henderson, another nearby suburb. The Texas-based company sells ice cream in 20 different states and is ranked as the third-best selling ice cream brand in the nation.

Not only will the ice cream company create jobs directly, but many Denver restaurant jobs will be supported as well. Locally, Blue Bell ice cream will be sold at King Soopers, Walmart, Walgreen's, Alberton's, Sunflower Market, Russell Stover, and other local stores.

All of this is good news for the local economy. During December, the Denver area's unemployment rate remained at 8.7 percent for the second month in a row, after increasing from 8.2 percent during November.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Denver-Aurora-Broomfield area employed about 1,195,800 workers during December, which is up from 1,195,700 workers during November and a .7 percent increase from last year.

To celebrate the opening of the new distribution center near Denver, Blue Bell has created a new ice cream flavor, dubbed "Rocky Mountain Road." The new flavor will be sold in a special designer container meant to honor Colorado.

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