19 January 2021
Chip manufacturer moves in to rural town
A NEW potato chip manufacturing facility is promising to bring positive changes to small, rural Pownal, a town in Bennington County, Vermont, United States.
The town of about 1,500 will welcome Vintage Maine Kitchen, a small-batch, artisan potato chip company currently based in Freeport. The company will move into the ground floor of the former North Pownal General Store at 83 Fickett Road.
Pownal, by design, has a handful of small businesses, including a berry farm, cider maker and tasting room and sugar house for making maple syrup, said Andrew O’Brien, a member of the select board.
“With our comprehensive plan, people have said they want to maintain the rural character of the town,” said O’Brien. “We’re doing our best to encourage businesses that fit that model.”
Husband and wife team, Scott and Kelly Brodeur, own the company. Together they employ four part-time workers.
The family-run endeavor uses local ingredients to create fresh, healthier, classic New England-style potato chips. The company offers just five flavors, from regular salted to a sweeter maple flavor that uses Maine maple syrup.
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