Culture Made Vermont dairy facility gets local DRB approval

This article by Chris Mays originally appeared May 22 in the Brattleboro Reformer.

BRATTLEBORO — The Development Review Board has approved plans to convert a manufacturing building at the Exit One Industrial Park into a facility for making dairy and nondairy beverages with a small factory outlet store.

“This is not a yogurt manufacturing plant,” said Craig Miskovich, president of the Brattleboro Development Credit Corp. “Cultured dairy and dairy drinks.”

Culture Made Vermont, described simply by Stevens & Associates engineer Brud Sanderson as a new company, hopes to lease and renovate 353 John Seitz Drive Defense contractor L3 KEO previously occupied the building.

The board on Monday approved Culture Made’s site plan, wetland conditional use and local Act 250 review. The company will still need the state to sign off on Act 250 permits for managing wetlands and stormwater on the property.

The plan calls for expanding the existing building to reach a total of 35,460 square feet. Retail sales will happen in a space of about 3,500 square feet. The company expects to hire about 42 employees at first, then more later on.

Silos for holding material will be added along the east side of the building. A storage warehouse will be constructed. Parking and drainage improvements are also planned.

Like others in the park, the property is owned by BDCC, which is working with Culture Made in a similar “built to suit” process that was employed with G.S. Precision in Brattleboro and Chroma Technology in Bellows Falls. Miskovich used the term to explain how a landlord will renovate or construct in order to meet a tenant’s specifications. He said funding would come through federal tax credits, loans and equity.

The Reformer previously reported that Thomas Moffitt, the former president of Brattleboro-based Commonwealth Dairy, is behind the $32.5 million project.

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