Governor Shumlin, center, with Joe Hanglin and Vicky Allard, at the opening of the Blake Hill Preserves plant in Windsor Thursday morning. VBM photos.
Vermont Business Magazine Governor Peter Shumlin did the honors on Thursday at the official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Blake Hill Preserves new production facility and retail store in Artisans Park in Windsor Vermont. The 6,000 square-foot facility was built by Springfield Regional Development Corporation with financing provided by the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA). The new plant dramatically increases the production capacity of Blake Hill and, for the first time, offers a direct retail experience for customers.
Vicky Allard of Blake Hill Preserves thanked everyone involved with this project. “We are so grateful to SRDC, VEDA, Terry McDonnell and the Town of Windsor for coming together to make this a reality. Blake Hill is continuing to add new varieties of jams, preserves and marmalades, which will now all be produced in Windsor Vermont”, Allard said.
“VEDA is delighted to have provided the financing that helped Blake Hill Preserves expand production of their delicious preserves and other fine foods,” said Jo Bradley, CEO of the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA). “In addition, the Authority is very pleased that the Springfield Regional Development Corporation has made use of VEDA financing at critical points in the growth of Artisans Park. VEDA financing has also helped in the growth plans of a number of other tenant companies in the park over the years.”
Springfield Regional Development Corporation Executive Director Bob Flint said that the $1.1 million project would be an economic boost for Windsor and the region. “This allows Blake Hill to continue their amazing growth, with new jobs coming on board, and it will help Artisans Park continue to emerge as one of the premier tourist destinations in the state”, Flint said.
Created by the Vermont General Assembly in 1974, the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) is Vermont’s economic development finance lender, providing since its inception over $2.16 billion in financing for Vermont businesses and farms. VEDA offers a wide range of low-cost lending options for Vermont businesses and farms of all sizes, and the Authority’s lending solutions are customized to each borrower’s individual needs. Whether in the form of direct loans, tax-exempt bond issuance or loan guarantee support, VEDA’s innovative financing programs help ensure that Vermont businesses and farms have the capital they need to grow and succeed. Learn more at www.veda.org or by calling 802-828-JOBS.
ABOUT BLAKE HILL
Vicky Allard and Joe Hanglin founded Blake Hill Preserves in 2009. They are third generation English preserve makers in Vermont creating award-winning preserves, marmalades, chutneys, and - most recently -both a 100% pure fruit / no sugar line of fruit spreads, and their unique Vermont Forager line of jams and marmalades infused with seasonal wild flowers and herbs. In the four years since opening their first commercial preserves kitchen, Blake Hill has been a US Good Food Awards Winner and Finalist five times, won five Golds and three Silvers at the World Marmalade Awards, and most recently a SOFI at the Specialty Food Association. Blake Hill is available in organic / specialty food stores throughout the US and now also in Canada.