VT Hard Cider CONSTRUCTION begins on new $30M Woodchuck Cidery in Middlebury
New Cidery Keeps Company Firmly Rooted in Vermont for Decades to Come
“Of course we're thrilled that Vermont Hard Cider is not only staying in Middlebury, but expanding. Once the project is complete, VHC expects to add 15-20 more jobs. This is equivalent to a new small business starting up in Addison County! In addition, the Visitor Center will be another draw for tourists and locals alike. This expansion is good for Vermont Hard Cider, the Town of Middlebury, Addison County, and the State of Vermont. It lets the world know that the largest US manufacturer of hard cider chooses Vermont as its home state and Middlebury as its home town. We couldn't be more pleased, and we look forward our continued work with them as they continue to grow.”
- Robin P. Scheu, Executive Director, Addison County Economic Development Corporation
Middlebury, Vermont – Vermont Hard Cider Company, LLC – maker of Woodchuck Hard Cider -- is happy to announce that construction is underway on a state-of-the-art cidery in Middlebury, Vermont. The $30 million project is being built less than a mile from the current Middlebury facility.
The new cidery will provide 100,000 square feet of production, warehouse, and office space. A post and beam barn will also welcome visitors to Woodchuck, with a gift shop, tastings, and tours.
“This is a new chapter for Woodchuck,” said President and CEO Bret Williams. “Hard cider in the United States is growing in popularity and this new cidery represents a brick and mortar commitment to continue to grow the cider category from Vermont. It’s an exciting step forward at this crucial time in our history.”
The current 62,000 square foot cidery will remain online. When both are up and running Vermont Hard Cider’s capacity will more than double. The expanded production will bring 15 to 20 more jobs to Addison County.
“Not only does this expansion bring immediate economic opportunity to our community, it also demonstrates why Middlebury is a great place for great businesses,” said Middlebury Town Manager Kathleen Ramsay. “The Town and community couldn’t be more excited about Vermont Hard Cider’s decision to expand their footprint and continue their exponential growth. They are a great example of success and we look forward to working with them as the company continues to advance.”
This announcement is the culmination of four years of work. A variety of expansion options were developed and vetted during that time. Constructing a new facility was the best fit in the end.
“Vermont is our home and the soul of Woodchuck draws from local community,” Williams said. “After four years, to finally have a shovel in the ground is a proud moment. We are laying our roots down and hope that by doing so, Woodchuck and the state of Vermont will grow stronger together.”
Construction crews are currently doing site work on the 27 acre plot of land. The hope is to have the building enclosed by winter and the project should be complete by spring of 2014.