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Seven Hills Food to open meat processing facility in Lynchburg

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Seven Hills Food LLC plans to revitalize and open a meat processing facility in Lynchburg, creating 43 new jobs. 

The company will invest $3 million and has committed to buying all of its beef and pork from Virginia sources.

Seven Hills will renovate the former Dinner Bell Meat processing facility in Lynchburg, a 100-year-old property.  The company plans to  process meat for its own label and private labels, in addition to providing custom processing services to larger customers. 

"Seven Hills Food's new investment in Lynchburg is a game changer for our Virginia beef and pork producers, addressing the scarcity in the market for local meats and processing facilities," Todd Haymore, Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry, said in a statement.

Gov. Terry  McAuliffe approved a $250,000 grant from the Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund to assist the city with the project. 

Additional funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program, administered by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership. 

The company also is eligible to receive state benefits from the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. 

Seven Hills plans to buy 12,000 cattle and hogs in Virginia during the next three years.

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