Frios Announces $20 Million Expansion in Mobile
Business View – March 2022 / Business News
Frios Gourmet Pops and FGP Manufacturing, both owned by FGP Holding, are expanding and ramping up production, according to CEO Cliff Kennedy.
The growth means 200 new full-time jobs over the next three years and a $20 million capital investment as they expand production into the former Crown Products facility at 3107 Halls Mill Road in Mobile.
“Having a Mobile-based company expand in our community has always been a goal of our economic development efforts,” said David Rodgers, vice president of economic development at the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce. “The success that FGP has had in Mobile is a testament to the company’s leadership and local support.”
The company has grown from a brick-and-mortar shop by pivoting to expanding with tie-dye food trucks during the pandemic, bringing frozen treats directly to neighborhoods and events.
Frios Gourmet Pops now ranks 35th on Entrepreneur.com’s 2021 Top New Franchises rankings, up from 84th the year before.
“Mobile is the perfect place to grow our dream of being a dynamic player in the frozen novelty industry,” said Kennedy. “Through the economic support and strategic location of our city, I feel lucky to be able to make this dream a reality in my hometown. I am excited for the future and the possibilities that lie ahead.”
Mobile is the perfect place to grow our dream of being a dynamic player in the frozen novelty industry.”
Cliff Kennedy, chief executive officer Frios Gourmet Pops
FGP Manufacturing is the private labeling and co-packaging arm of the business, manufacturing frozen novelties for national brands and retailers.
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