CLEVELAND, OH – April 11, 2022 – Pierre’s Ice Cream Company, a manufacturer and distributor of ice cream and other frozen desserts, and Ohio Processors, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of dairy related products, are proud to announce they have finalized an agreement under which Ohio Processors will acquire Pierre’s Ice Cream.
This agreement brings together two leading Ohio-based businesses and allows Ohio Processors to expand its product line, customer base, and geographic reach. Ohio Processors, a fourth-generation family-operated business based in the Columbus, Ohio area, is owned by the Smith family, which has been involved in the operation of food manufacturing and distribution companies since 1934.
Shelley Roth, President of Pierre’s Ice Cream Company, reflected on the transition.
“I have spent long hours thinking about and working toward a succession plan that would ensure continuity for the business,” Roth said. “That is why I am pleased to announce the impending transition of Pierre’s to Ohio Processors, Inc.
“The philosophies of Ohio Processors and the Smith family align with our succession priorities as well as the values and directions we have cultivated over the years. The Smith family shares the same core values that have been instilled in the Pierre’s organization. They understand food manufacturing and distribution, and will be able to build upon the foundation that has already been created. They recognize the importance of supporting team members, creating high-quality products, and providing excellent customer service.
“One of the highest priorities in the succession plan was that any new owner would appreciate what has been built during the company’s 90-year history; particularly recognizing the accomplishments and contributions of Pierre’s experienced and dedicated team and the value we place in our relationships with customers, suppliers, and the community.”
The Pierre’s team and Ohio Processors will continue to produce high quality ice creams and frozen desserts and provide delivery services from the same Pierre’s location at E. 65th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio. The new owners anticipate retaining the Pierre’s team members and upholding the quality culture and recipes that ice cream lovers have enjoyed for 90 years.
“We are thrilled to announce the acquisition of Pierre’s Ice Cream,” said Doug Smith, President of Ohio Processors. “Their products and employees will be welcome additions to Ohio Processors. We are excited to get to work and continue Shelley’s success with Pierre’s.”