$1.7 million investment, 17 new jobs in Dinwiddie County, Va.Staff Writer | March 19, 2018
Richlands Creamery will invest $1.7 million in Dinwiddie County, Va. to create a new commercial creamery and create seventeen new jobs over the next three years.
New jobs "This will keep us from joining the mass exodus"
As part of this project, Richlands Creamery, LLC is committing to purchasing 100% of its agricultural inputs from Virginia farmers, totaling nearly $1 million.
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services worked with Dinwiddie County to secure this project for Virginia.
Governor Ralph Northam approved a $20,000 grant from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund, which Dinwiddie County will match with local funds.
“We are so grateful to receive an AFID grant for Richlands Creamery. This grant will allow us to build a milk processing facility with a retail store front to bottle and direct market milk and the best tasting ice cream in Virginia,” said Coley Jones Drinkwater, President of Richlands Creamery.
“This in turn, will keep us from joining the mass exodus of dairy farms across the United States and preserve rural Virginia for all Commonwealth residents and visitors to enjoy during our various agritourism events throughout the year.” ■