Vermont Business Magazine Shacksbury Cider an Addison County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC) member, was recently awarded a $25,000 Building Communities Grant from the VT Regional Economic Development program. This grant is administered by the VT Department of Buildings and General Services. The purpose of the grant is to support their expansion and relocation. Successful Building Community Grant projects involve capital costs associated with major maintenance, renovations or planning related to the development of facilities expected to create job opportunities in Vermont communities.
Shacksbury Co-Founder Colin Davis stated “A lot of people talk about economic development, but ACEDC is where the rubber meets the road. They did all the heavy lifting on this grant that, we're happy to say, will allow us to hire another full-time position and bring an important part of our process in-house.”
The Shacksbury expansion involves relocating to fellow ACEDC member Kennedy Brothers facility in Vergennes. The funds will go towards processing equipment and vehicles to allow Shacksbury to move to this new location and grow their business. Specifically, grant and matching funds will be used for a cider press, pressing bags, an elevator grinder and related installation, as well as barrels, a flatbed trailer, and a truck. The latter two will be used for harvesting apples this fall and bringing them to the new press room. The move to Kennedy Brothers will create 6-10 jobs in the next 1-3 years.
Robin Scheu, ACEDC Director, stated that “we are thrilled to be a part of this $300,000 expansion project which will greatly benefit Addison County.”
Shacksbury Cider was founded in 2013 and began their first sales in the summer of 2014. They make premium cider using traditional cider apples that are sold through fine wine distributors to mostly specialty bottle shops and higher-end restaurants. Shacksbury has won consecutive Good Food Awards in its first 2 years of production (both involving 100% VT production).