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Ehrmann Commonwealth Dairy Plans for $20 Million Expansion in Vermont

Ehrmann Commonwealth Dairy Plans for $20 Million Expansion in Vermont

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Ehrmann Commonwealth Dairy has enjoyed robust growth over the course of the past five years, and now the company looks to take its ambitious plans one step further.

The company announced a multi-year, $20 million expansion that will help the company establish a headquarters in Vermont and expand production of the company’s popular Green Mountain Creamery and Ehrmann brands in the state.

The expansion was announced at an event held on December 14, with local officials, Governor Peter Shumlin, and top executives from Ehrmann attending.

Peter Shumlin, Governor, Vermont“We have a great team working to respond to opportunities that will retain and create great jobs in Brattleboro,” said Governor Shumlin, in a press release from the Governor’s office. “This project also helps to preserve our working lands and dairy production through expanded utilization of Vermont milk products.”

Ehrmann’s CEO Tom Moffitt was on hand for the proceedings, and noted the great strides the company had made in Vermont in the past few years.

Thomas Moffitt, CEO, Ehrmann Commonwealth Dairy; Photo Source:“Our company was started just six years ago in Brattleboro, yet today we have two plants and a national footprint. We’re excited to receive this support from the State and Town which enables not only another expansion to our plant, but centralizes all administrative functions right here where it all began,” said Moffitt.

News source VTDigger reported that the expansion will be supported by more than $2 million in state and local funding and incentives, in return for which, the company has promised to create 50 new jobs and significantly expand manufacturing in the state.

Ehemann has been steadily expanding since Ehrmann first broke ground on its first 38,000-square-foot facility in Brattleboro in 2010. Since then, the company’s footprint in the area has nearly doubled to 68,000-square-feet. The company processes roughly 110 million pounds of milk annually.

The company took advantage of various public funding sources, including: 

  • A $1 million grant from the Windham County Economic Development Program
  • Up to $100,000 from the Windham County Economic Development Program to match federal funding aimed at upgrading wastewater treatment facilities to support Commonwealth’s growth
  • Up to $648,327 in Vermont employment growth incentives. That money will be distributed over time as Commonwealth expands
  • $200,000 from the Vermont Training Program
  • A $250,000 grant and tax stabilization from Brattleboro 

Christian Ehrmann, Chairman, Ehrmann AG“We have experienced tremendous growth in the USA, and really appreciate the Governor’s leadership and the leadership at the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development and the Town of Brattleboro in making this project and expansion a success,” noted Christian Ehrmann, Chairman of Ehrmann Commonwealth Dairy’s parent company, Ehrmann AG.

The executive concluded that the company's customers and partners have been enthusiastic about the quality of its products and innovations from the beginning.

Ehrmann AG

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