Shenandoah Valley Organic recently announced it plans to build a second 75,000 square-foot facility in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

The facility will “increase production capacity and retail packaging, allowing for more product availability in leading grocery stores across the United States,” according to a press release from VA Governor Ralph Northam.

“We chose Harrisonburg to expand because this community and city is a big part of our success to date,” SVO CEO Corwin Heatwole said. “Our production team and our farmers live here and come with tremendous experience in the poultry industry. We are fortunate to live in the beautiful Valley, but are close to large East Coast markets where organic poultry demand is high.”

“Shenandoah Valley Organic is a homegrown Virginia company that has thrived in Harrisonburg since its founding in 2014,” Governor Northam said. “As a leading agricultural region, the Shenandoah Valley is a natural fit for a business like SVO that partners with family farms, which remain the backbone of the local economy. This significant expansion speaks forcefully about the Commonwealth’s strong infrastructure, dedicated workforce, and bright economic future.”

“I commend Shenandoah Valley Organic on the growth and innovation they have brought to Virginia’s poultry industry, the largest sector of the Commonwealth’s largest private industry, agriculture,” VA Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Bettina Ring said. “In 2013, we were proud to help SVO get started with one of our first AFID awards. Today, we are even prouder to support this major expansion with our largest ever AFID award. The partnerships this project highlights, between farmer and processor as well as the private and public sectors, are great examples of how we can help bring economic vitality and opportunity to all corners of the Commonwealth.”

More information on Shenandoah Valley Organic, as of 2020 branded as Farmer Focus, can be found here.