According to the Northeastern Vermont Development Association, Sweet Tree Holdings, a Connecticut company, has purchased the former Ethan Allen furniture manufacturing facility. Renovations have begun on the 82,000 square foot building, vacant since 2000. Sweet Tree 1, a maple syrup processing operation, plans to hire 20-30 employees over time. The enterprise fits into the Brighton Town Plan and the facility is located within an industrial zone. The developers are seeking a local site plan and Act 250 permit amendment.