Litehouse, Inc. will invest $46 million to acquire and expand Sky Valley Foods and establish its first East Coast production facility in the City of Danville, VA. The company will retain the Sky Valley Foods employees and create an additional 160 new jobs over the next five years. The company also considered Utah and South Carolina for the project.
“We are excited and appreciative for the opportunity to operate a Litehouse manufacturing facility in Danville,” said Kelly Prior, President of Litehouse. “This facility will be key in continuing to provide the best-in-class customer service that Litehouse is known for to our customers on the East Coast. We look forward to being a strong partner and steward of the Danville community.”
Litehouse, Inc. produces refrigerated salad dressings, dips, cheese, freeze dried herbs and other products. Founded in Hope, ID by the Hawkins family in 1963, Litehouse is a 100 percent employee-owned company. The company has five other manufacturing facilities in the United States located in Michigan, Utah, and Idaho.
“Litehouse’s decision to take root in the City of Danville and establish its first East Coast production facility is another great example of how Southern Virginia’s industry-responsive training programs and highly skilled workforce create an ideal environment for manufacturers to thrive,” said Governor Ralph Northam. “This flourishing company sets the bar for corporate responsibility in its industry, and we look forward to many years of shared prosperity for Litehouse, its dedicated owners-employees, and the Commonwealth.”
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) worked with the City of Danville to secure the project for Virginia. Gov. Northam approved a $600,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist the City of Danville with the project. The Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission approved a grant in the amount of $340,000 and a loan in the amount of $220,000, both from the Tobacco Region Opportunity Fund, for the project. The company is eligible for state benefits from the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, as well as Sales and Use tax exemptions on manufacturing equipment. Funding and services to support Litehouse employee training activities will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program (VJIP).
“Many companies select Virginia to establish East Coast operations, which is a strong testament to the Commonwealth’s unparalleled assets and business reputation,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball. “We are proud to welcome Litehouse to Virginia’s corporate roster, and thank the company for retaining valuable jobs and creating 160 new opportunities in the City of Danville.”
“We’re so excited to welcome the national brand Litehouse to our community,” said Danville Mayor Alonzo Jones. “Strategically, we have wanted to build a food processing base in Danville because of the unused capacity that Danville Utilities has in water and wastewater infrastructure. With Litehouse joining Nestle in Airside Industrial Park, we now have two leaders in the food industry.”
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