River Roasters Coffee Company in Pomeroy, Ohio, in collaboration with JobsOhio, Ohio Southeast Economic Development (OhioSE) and Meigs County CIC, has announced plans to invest $171,536 into the expansion its food and beverage business in Meigs County.

The company will construct a new building, invest in a commercial roaster and build a commercial kitchen for food production. The new operation will enable the company to supply business customers such as restaurants, groceries and other coffee shops in multiple states.

“We hope that this expansion allows us to supply fantastic specialty coffee, baked goods and other River Roasters Coffee Co. staples to many surrounding areas. Our plan was always to roast our own specialty coffee, but we realized quickly that a café and roastery are two different business models and we needed to select one to start with,” said co-owner Larry Hess Jr. “This new investment will allow us to separate the two and make them two very different but equally as important parts of our company and hire more great people to join our team.”

Moving into production and wholesaling is a natural next step for the company and complements River Roasters Café, which will remain on Main Street in downtown Pomeroy and continue to serve retail customers. The roasting and food operation will be located on Rocksprings Road and should open later this year.

Candice and Larry Hess Jr. founded River Roasters Coffee Co. in 2018. The couple purchased and renovated a historic building and opened the café business, which has grown rapidly due to its popularity with area residents and visitors from other surrounding areas. River Roasters also sells coffee online to customers all over the U.S and hopes to grow their online presence with this new endeavor.

“To have the support from our local community, along with OhioSE, JobsOhio and Meigs County CIC means so much to us. They are investing in our dream to bring a specialty coffee roastery to Pomeroy, Ohio and supply great coffee from our little piece of Southeast Ohio,” said co-owner Candice Hess. “The OhioSE team has been great to work with, and everyone is so supportive and excited about our project.”

River Roasters Coffee Co. will create four new jobs and invest over $260,000 in the expansion. A $50,000 JobsOhio Inclusion Grant will support the project. Ohio Southeast Economic Development (OhioSE) and the Meigs County Community Improvement Corporation assisted the company with its grant request.

“River Roasters is a perfect example of a small company starting, growing and diversifying into manufacturing.” said OhioSE President Mike Jacoby. “The result is a positive economic impact on our region and a true business success story. JobsOhio and OhioSE are excited to support the growth of River Roasters Coffee Co. in Meigs County.”

“Candice and Larry have turned their dream into a growing, vertically integrated company through hard work, vision, and an unwavering belief in their business and southeastern Ohio,” said Meigs County Economic Development Director Perry Varnadoe. “We appreciate their investment in Meigs County and the project support from OhioSE.”
JobsOhio is a private nonprofit economic development corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio through business attraction, retention and expansion. The organization also works to seed talent production in its targeted industries and to attract talent to Ohio though Find Your Ohio. JobsOhio works with six regional partners across Ohio: Dayton Development Coalition, Ohio Southeast Economic Development, One Columbus, REDI Cincinnati, Regional Growth Partnership and Team NEO. Learn more at www.jobsohio.com. Follow JobsOhio on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

Ohio Southeast Economic Development (OhioSE) is the JobsOhio Network Partner for southern, eastern and southeastern Ohio, providing economic development work and resources in 25 rural counties; they are the newest and geographically the largest of the six regions across the state. OhioSE partners closely with regional development districts, local economic development offices, state agencies and other entities to expand, retain, and attract businesses in the counties they serve. Learn more at OhioSE.com.

The Meigs County Ohio Economic Development Office is ready to assist you in making Meigs County your next best business decision. Whether you need help in finding the perfect location for your shop or the space for a large operation, we can help connect you with the talent and training you need, financial assistance and other resources to get your business up and running quickly. Contact: Perry Varnadoe, Executive Director, director@meigscountyohio.com.
River Roasters Coffee Co. prides itself on being and maintaining the best coffee shop in the Mid-Ohio Valley area. They are here to serve their entire community and give them a coffee experience that they will not forget. They live in a river city that is Pomeroy, Ohio, but there are many beautiful small river towns located around us that they encourage you to get out and explore. For more information, visit www.riverroasters.co.