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U.S. Rep Glenn Thompson Takes The Creamery’s 150th Anniversary To The House Floor

Glenn Thompson, a United States Representative for Pennsylvania’s 5th Congressional District and Penn State alumnus, loves to share the good of his alma mater on the House floor. To continue this tradition, Thompson recognized another tradition today in a proclamation: Berkey Creamery’s 150th anniversary.

“I’m proud to rise today in recognition of the Creamery’s 150th anniversary,” Thompson said shortly after taking the stand. The U.S. Representative went on to explain a very brief history of the Creamery (okay, really just the year it was founded) and rattle off some mind-boggling statistics, including the fact that the Creamery is the largest university creamery in the United States. Thompson additionally commends the Creamery’s support of “Pennsylvania’s robust dairy industry,” noting that our favorite ice cream destination uses four-and-a-half million pounds of milk every year.

“Mr. Speaker, as a proud graduate of Penn State University, I congratulate the Berkey Creamery for 150 years of creating countless memories, and especially the hard-working student employees and the 23 full-time employees that make the operation such a great success,” Thompson concluded.

Though the entirety of Thompson’s shout out is only about a minute, I’m sure the Creamery is tickled to be getting birthday wishes on a national stage. Check out the full video and transcript below.

“Mr. Speaker, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy calls it, and I quote, ‘Some of the best ice cream I have had outside of my hometown of Bakersfield,’ unquote.

The Majority Leader of course is referring to the ice cream produced at Penn State University’s Berkey Creamery, and I’m proud to rise today in recognition of the Creamery’s 150th anniversary. The Creamery, located in the Rodney A. Erickson Food Science Building on Penn State University’s main campus, was first established in 1865.

Penn State is home to the largest university creamery in the United States, using more than four-and-a-half million pounds of milk each year, supporting Pennsylvania’s robust dairy industry.

To help celebrate their 150th anniversary, the Creamery launched a social media contest, which allows fans to select a special sesquicentennial flavor. Voters have a few days left to choose between birthday cake, strawberry cheesecake, or red velvet.

Mr. Speaker, as a proud graduate of Penn State University, I congratulate the Berkey Creamery for 150 years of creating countless memories, and especially the hard-working student employees and the 23 full-time employees that make the operation such a great success.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and I yield back the balance of my time.”

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