September 5, 2018
Mountain Valley Brewing to Double Production and Create New Jobs

AXTON — Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Mountain Valley Brewing will invest $174,000 and create five new jobs to more than double production, sourcing more than 65 percent of its agricultural inputs from Virginia farmers. After establishing a hop farm in 2014, owners Herb Atwell and Peggy Donivan opened Henry County’s first craft brewery in the Spring 2017. Now, in response to surging demand from locals and visitor alike, the couple is constructing a new brew house, doubling production capacity, adding an event space, and increasing the size of its tasting room.

“Investments like this demonstrate how Virginia’s craft beverage industry in creating jobs, tourism, and new markets for Virginia’s farmers all across the Commonwealth” said Governor Northam. “I congratulate Mountain Valley Brewing on this expansion and thank them for their investment in Virginia.”

“Craft beverages are serious business for the Commonwealth. Virginia’s beer industry alone has a $9 billion annual economic impact” said Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Bettina Ring. “I am pleased the Commonwealth could partner with Henry County through the AFID Program to support this local business in a quickly growing industry.”

“We are very grateful for the support of Governor Northam, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation” said Mountain Valley Brewing owners Herb Atwell and Peggy Donivan. “Our local partners, local residents, and fellow business owners have welcomed our farm brewery into the community and we are looking forward to giving back through this expansion. The improvements to our facility and venue will give us the opportunity to help benefit local contractors, vendors, artisans, and farmers and help to create additional jobs to support the local economy. We look forward to helping grow and work with Henry County, to make a better place for all.”

“What has been accomplished at Mountain Valley Brewery since its April 2017 opening is remarkable,” said Tim Hall, Henry County Administrator. “We are proud of the company’s success and we are confident more good news will come in the future.”

“Mountain Valley is a great example of a business being invested in its community,” said Valerie Harper, Small Business Director for Martinsville-Henry County. “The company is expanding with new jobs and capital investment, they love to partner with other local businesses. It has created a wonderful venue for the public to enjoy. This a win for the business and the Henry County area.”

“Since it opened its taproom doors, Mountain Valley Brewing has continued to grow as a tourism hotspot for Martinsville-Henry County, and we couldn’t be more proud of our community’s first brewery!” said Sarah Hodges, Director of Tourism for Martinsville-Henry County. “With the popularity of craft beer and breweries on the rise throughout the Commonwealth, Mountain Valley Brewing is helping to attract new visitation to Martinsville-Henry County and enhancing visitor experience.”

The Commonwealth is partnering with the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and Mountain Valley Brewing on this project through the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund, which is administered by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service. Governor Northam approved a $20,000 grant from the AFID Fund, which the EDC will match with local funds.