In February, we mentioned Seven Hills Food in Four Lessons Learned From Successful Redevelopment Projects. The company recently received $690,000 in incentive grants from both local and state officials, including $250,000 from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund and $250,000 from the Lynchburg Economic Development Authority.
These funds have helped Seven Hills Food renovate an abandoned meat processing facility, once known as Dinner Bell Meat. The facility was left vacant for years – until a Charlottesville-based entrepreneur saw its value. Ryan Ford, the owner of The Organic Butcher, noticed a need for high-quality local meat production. He quickly realized that he needed a way to make Virginia meat more accessible.
As construction wraps up at the 40,000-square-foot plant off of Campbell Avenue, a grand opening of the newly renovated, top-notch meat processing facility is scheduled for October 19th in Lynchburg. The medium-scale processing plant is anticipates buying 12,000 Virginia cattle and hogs, in the first three years, and employing 15 to 20 people initially. The employee base is expected to grow to 43 in the first three years.
Ribbon Cutting Info:
When: Oct. 19, 2015 at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Seven Hills Food, 1803 Holiday St., Lynchburg, Virginia
Photo: Seven Hills Food