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Firm Announces $46 Million Investment to Acquire and Expand Sky Valley Foods
May 30, 2019

Litehouse, Inc., a leader in refrigerated salad dressings, dips, cheese, freeze dried herbs, and other innovative consumer packaged goods, has announced the firm will invest $46 million to acquire and expand Sky Valley Foods. The acquisition will mark the establishment of Litehouse’s first East Coast production facility in the City of Danville.

Founded in 1963, Litehouse, Inc., a 100 percent employee-owned company, is a leader in refrigerated salad dressings, dips, cheese, freeze dried herbs and other innovative and delicious products. The company has five other manufacturing facilities in the United States located in Michigan, Utah, and Idaho. Litehouse’s award-winning products are available in North America through general retail, e-commerce, foodservice, deli, club stores, and value-added goods such as meal and salad kits.

“We are excited and appreciative for the opportunity to operate a Litehouse manufacturing facility in Danville,” said Kelly Prior, President of Litehouse. “This facility will be key in continuing to provide the best-in-class customer service that Litehouse is known for to our customers on the East Coast. We look forward to being a strong partner and steward of the Danville community.”

According to a statement released by Governor Ralph S. Northam’s office, in response to the announcement, the Governor noted that, “Litehouse’s decision to take root in the City of Danville and establish its first East Coast production facility is another great example of how Southern Virginia’s industry-responsive training programs and highly skilled workforce create an ideal environment for manufacturers to thrive. This flourishing company sets the bar for corporate responsibility in its industry, and we look forward to many years of shared prosperity for Litehouse, its dedicated owners-employees, and the Commonwealth.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) worked with the City of Danville to secure the project for Virginia. Governor Northam approved a $600,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist the City of Danville with the project. The Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission has approved a grant in the amount of $340,000 and a loan in the amount of $220,000, both from the Tobacco Region Opportunity Fund, for the project. The company is eligible for state benefits from the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, as well as Sales and Use tax exemptions on manufacturing equipment. Funding and services to support Litehouse employee training activities will be provided through the state-funded Virginia Jobs Investment Program (VJIP).


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