PLYMOUTH - The independent, family-owned spice company, Nutmeg Spice is currently undergoing a third phase of expansion and may seek a fourth - if there is a way to proceed without running afoul of an adjacent parcel designated as an “archeological resource.”
The third phase of construction will seek to add a 17,000-square-foot addition to Nutmeg Spice’s building at 7 Bombard Court by the end of August. Owner Greg Miller has spoken with a surveyor about a potential fourth phase, but those plans are still tentative and no purchase has yet been made.
“There seems to have been Native American activity on the site, so it has been designated an archaeological resource,” said Miller about the fourth phase plans. “I have reached out to the mayor and the town’s Economic Development Commission to ask for advice on how we should handle it. The ball is now in their court.”
Those who saw a poster at the Mayor’s office in April about a casino coming to Plymouth were looking at an April Fool’s joke created by Nutmeg Spice’s design team to tease the mayor in reference to the situation.
“I didn’t know he was going to put it up,” said Miller. “The joke was that if we don’t end up using that land, maybe the Native Americans can build a casino there since it used to be their land.”
Regardless of how things turn out with the potential fourth phase of development, Miller said Nutmeg Spice has come a long way since he started it in his garage. The former owner of a supermarket in Thomaston, Miller broke ground on his current facility at 7 Bombard Court in 2011 and made an addition to it three years ago. The space is up to approximately 50,000 square feet.
“The new, third phase addition will allow us to break out shipping and receiving area into two separate spaces,” said Miller. “Additionally, it will allow us to create 4 or 5 new jobs. We currently employ more than 50 people, including part-time workers from high school looking to gain job experience. In six or seven weeks, we’ll be getting a lot of people from college too.”
Miller said that the growth he has seen with Nutmeg Spice was unexpected. Initially, he expected it to be regional, but he has now partnered with UPS and distributes to every state except Hawaii. The company has seen “grassroots growth” by distributing to many smaller, local grocery stories and Nugmeg Spice Company also has the ability to provide custom labels for their spices.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.