Utica, Ohio-based Velvet Ice Cream recently broke ground on a major 21,000-square-foot facility expansion, with an estimated cost of more than $3 million. The move will add a brand new, state-of-the-art warehouse freezer distribution facility to Velvet Ice Cream’s Utica plant at Ye Olde Mill, more than doubling the company’s freezing and picking capacity. As demand for Velvet Ice Cream has soared, the ice cream manufacturer is on pace to outgrow its current capacity within the next 12 months. “With steady growth that has taken the company from $25 million in revenue in 2009 to more than $30 million in 2014, we are nearly at capacity with our existing distribution facility,” said Velvet Ice Cream President Luconda Dager. “This new development allows us to improve sustainability, sharpen efficiencies and produce more delicious Velvet Ice Cream in order to meet increased demand.” Velvet Ice Cream celebrates 101 years of making ice cream in Ohio. Founded in 1914 by Joseph Dager, four generations of Dager family have since run the company. Still family-owned and operated, Velvet produces and distributes more than 5 million gallons of ice cream every year from its headquarters on the grounds of Ye Olde Mill. Ye Olde Mill also houses an ice cream and milling museum, a restaurant, playground, picnic area and catch-and-release fish pond. For more info about Velvet Ice Cream and Ye Olde Mill, visit www.VelvetIceCream or Twitter at @VelvetIceCream or Facebook.com/VelvetIceCream.