Sugar Hill Cidery LLC Coming to City of Norton

Close to home in Norton, Virginia the downtown area is expected to get a big return on investing in the new cidery plant. The sister company of Sugar Hill Brewing Company LLC, the Sugar Hill Cidery, LLL is the first hard cider production facility and restaraunt located in Southwest Virginia. The facility will be in the soon to be renovated former auto dealership owned by the Norton Industrial Development Authority, thanks to the partnership of the Governor's Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund and the City of Norton.
According to a Press Release from Governor Ralph Northam, the City of Norton has been working hard with the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development the past few years to bring this to fruition.
According to Norton's Industrial Development Authority Chairman Byron Cantrell, “The city recently completed a Downtown Revitalization Master Plan, which recommended various development and improvement initiatives along Park Avenue and improved connections to outdoor destinations, including Flag Rock Recreation Area and the High Knob Recreation Area. The development of the cidery, restaurant and shared expo center/public event space will greatly enhance Downtown Norton as a destination for residents, businesses and regional outdoor recreation visitors.”
The new Cidery Project plans to source 100$ of it's apples from Virginia and represents $500,00 worth of investment and will further create six new jobs and lead to the purchase of almost $90,000 of Virginia sourced apples in the next three years.
Norton Mayor William Mays stated, "“This new cidery, along with the restaurant it supports, is a central piece of our city’s economic development strategy to position Downtown Norton as a regional hub for small business and job creation, and to strengthen tourism connections to the region’s outdoor recreational assets.”

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