Saxtons River Distillery plans to expand operations with a relocation to facility four times larger than its current location in Windham County, Vermont. As an incentive provided through the Windham County Economic Development Program, the Vermont Economic Development Authority approved a $350,000 loan to help a local distillery purchase and renovate new production space in Brattleboro.
In addition, the Authority also provided a separate $287,200 loan through its Small Business Loan Program for the expansion project.
In 2006, Saxtons River Distillery started producing locally-sourced small-batch Vermont spirits, with an emphasis on premium maple liquors, out of the owner’s barn. In 2011, the business located to leased space in Brattleboro, and in recent years, exceeded the production capacity of that space.
The new property is approximately four times bigger than the distillery’s current location, and will enable Saxtons River Distillery to expand production to meet growing demand and construct a larger, more visitor-friendly tasting and retail facility.
People’s United Bank is also providing financing for the project, which is expected to grow employment at the company from four to eight positions within three years.