Governor Ralph Northam announced today that Shenandoah Valley Organic (SVO), a family-owned organic chicken company, will set up a second state-of-the-art 75,000-square-foot facility in the City of Harrisonburg. The new facility would expand manufacturing capacity and retail packaging, enabling more product selection in leading grocery stores throughout the United States. Virginia has effectively competed with West Virginia for a project that will generate 110 new jobs.
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership has partnered with the City of Harrisonburg, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services of Virginia, and the Shenandoah Valley Partnership to secure a project for Virginia. Governor Northam approved a $800,000 Performance-based grant from the Virginia Investment Performance Program, an opportunity that stimulates capital investment by established Virginia companies.
The Governor also approved a grant of $500,000 from the Commonwealth Opportunity Fund and a grant of $500,000 from the Governor's Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund (AFID), which funds projects sourcing Virginia-grown goods, to assist the City of Harrisonburg with the project.
The organisation is entitled to obtain benefits from the Major Business Facility Employment Tax Credit for the development of new full-time employees. Funding and support programmes for the training of workers in Shenandoah Valley Organic will be supported through the Virginia Jobs Investment Programme.
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