Frederick County cannery expansion to create five jobs

A Frederick County canning business plans to expand its operation and create five new jobs in the process.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Friday that Shawnee Canning Company in Cross Junction intends to invest almost $500,000 to double the capacity of its processing operation. The family owned fruit processing company will rehabilitate its cannery, built in 1947, and add a new filling line for its products.

The company will create five new jobs with the expansion and commit to buying 80 percent, or more than 300,000 pounds, of its fruit from Virginia during the next three years.

The investment is seen as a way to bring new life to the family business, Scott Johnson, general manager of Shawnee Canning Company Inc. stated in a release from the governor’s office.

The state partnered with Frederick County and the company on the project through the governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund administered by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. McAuliffe approved a $7,500 grant from the fund to assist with the project. The county is matching with local grant money.

Shawnee Canning Company also owns the Shawnee Springs Market – one of the oldest farm markets in northern Virginia, according to information from the governor’s office.