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SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) — Gifford’s Ice Cream of Maine is buying a Maryland company with a nearly identical name.

Skowhegan-based Gifford’s Ice Cream on Monday announced a deal to buy Silver Spring, Md.-based Gifford’s Ice Cream and Candy.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The two companies were not previously affiliated.

The Bangor Daily News reports that Roger Gifford, co-owner of the Maine Gifford’s, says it’s “uncanny” that the companies not only have similar names, but share similar histories.

The Maryland company was founded in 1938 and distributes ice cream in Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Delaware, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

The Maine company started making ice cream in 1983, but its dairy business goes back a century.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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