CURT JONES Inventor, entrepreneur and microbiologist are but a few of the titles that apply to the man who guides one of the fastest growing and most innovative companies in America. Curt Jones was raised on a farm near Grand Chain, Illinois. He started fairly early with various business projects including radio repair, broom making (using his grandfather's equipment), raising livestock and baling and hauling hay and straw.
Curt attended Shawnee Community College and received a BA (1981) and MA (1986) in Microbiology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. It was during 1987, while researching various freezing techniques for the large scale commercial preservation of bacteria and enzymes that Curt developed the idea behind Dippin' Dots Ice Cream. By utilizing liquid nitrogen in a quick-freeze process, a unique, high quality ice cream novelty was born that has proven to be very popular in a competitive marketplace. Dippin' Dots products are now distributed throughout the United States and in international markets in Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Australia, Canada, Mexico, and Venezuela.
In October of 2002, the company's first overseas manufacturing facility was opened in South Korea...
Some (unconfirmed) facts: Dippin Dots makes all its ice cream at a single factory in Paducah, Kentucky - the factory uses about 10,000 gallons of liquid nitrogen a day to make about 5000 gallons of ice cream.
Oklahoma City investors have closed their $12.7 million deal to buy Dippin’ Dots Inc. out of bankruptcy.
Dippin’ Dots LLC’s acquisition of the flash-frozen ice cream company closed in May 2012 after a U.S. Bankruptcy Court approved the deal. Dippin’ Dots Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November owing millions to lenders in the wake of costly patent litigation. The company plans to boost its number of locations this year to 2,000 from more than 1,600.
Dippin’ Dots will keep its headquarters in Paducah, Ky., where about 165 people work at its production facility. Company founder Curt Jones will return to the firm to take over as CEO.
by Fred Keller. Ohio River Valley History. Southern Illinois.