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The Maola Milk & Ice Cream Company started in 1935. Contemporary milk companies like Coble and Pine State have either gone out of business or been absorbed by conglomerates. At age 66, Maola, the state's last independent dairy, is going strong into the 21st century. The dairy has a workforce of 500 statewide, and in 2000 completed a $10 million expansion at its New Bern plant.
Kathleen Barnes is the only woman president of a dairy in the country. Her husband founded Maola Milk in 1935 in New Bern, and she was elected company president following his death in 1961. The company started with one building, two trucks, and seven employees. Today the company employs over 400 with an annual payroll of $2 million.
In 1935, Harvey L. Barnes founded the Maola Milk & Ice Cream Company in New Bern. The dairy company began with two trucks and seven employees, and grew into a multi-million-dollar company. Maola’s dairy products are tested for flavor and quality at the company’s certified laboratory.