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Sugar Hill Cidery Announces New Cider Production Facility
August 6, 2018

Sugar Hill Cidery, LLC has announced that the firm will locate a new hard cider production facility and restaurant in the City of Norton, Virginia. The cidery is a sister company of Sugar Hill Brewing Company, LLC, a craft brewery and restaurant operating in the Town of St. Paul, Virginia.

According to the announcement, the cidery will be located in a soon-to-be renovated site owned by the Norton Industrial Development Authority. The City of Norton has been working with the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development for several years to make this site a center of downtown activity, receiving an Industrial Revitalization Fund grant from the agency to assist with the renovation of the derelict site into multiple commercial buildings.

“Bringing economic vitality, growth, and renewal to all corners of the Commonwealth is my top priority as governor, and my administration remains focused on creating opportunities for every Virginian, no matter who they are or where they live,” said Governor Ralph Northam. “I thank Sugar Hill Cidery for their commitment to supporting Virginia farmers, and for choosing to invest in and create jobs in this community. I also commend the city of Norton for the work it has done to build partnerships and reinvest in its downtown.”

The city of Norton partnered with the Commonwealth through the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund to locate the cidery to the city. This cidery project, which represents almost $500,000 in new investment, will lead to the purchase of nearly $90,000 of Virginia sourced apples over the next three years. Sugar Hill Cider plans to source 100 percent of its apples from Virginia, working with existing suppliers and developing connections with local producers, as well.

“We believe that the City of Norton is the right place, and this is the right time to introduce the concept of a working cidery and restaurant to Southwest Virginia,” said Sugar Hill Cidery owner Jennifer Bailey. “We appreciate the support from both local and state governments to develop this project. The area has embraced the brewery in St. Paul, and this has encouraged us to branch out to create an additional, unique establishment for the area.”

Governor Northam approved a $50,000 grant for the project from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund, administered by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS). The AFID grant will be matched by local funds. The city of Norton also received a $480,000 grant to rehabilitate the building from the Industrial Revitalization Fund, administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). VDACS and DHCD worked with the Norton Industrial Development Authority to secure this project for Virginia.

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