November 21, 2022

National Grid Supports Nine Pin Cider’s Growth and Redevelopment of Albany Warehouse District

National Grid is continuing its commitment to the City of Albany and small business with the announcement of a $50,000 grant to Nine Pin Ciderworks from its Main Street Economic Development Grant program to support a new packaging facility behind its current site, located at 32 Learned Street in the North Albany neighborhood.

Nine Pin is New York’s first farm cidery and supports New York agriculture by producing craft ciders using 100 percent local New York apples and fruit. The company’s business has more than quadrupled over the last several years and its manufacturing and tasting room, located at 929 Broadway in the Warehouse District, has been a centerpiece in the area’s emerging food and beverage scene.

The Learned Street project will bring this building back into full productive manufacturing use after almost eight years of full productive vacancy. The $300,000 project will improve the building and site infrastructure with improved and energy efficient hearing and cooling systems installed. When completed, the facility will serve Nine Pin as a modern packaging facility and allow the company to expand its workforce and product offerings.

“With the addition of our new packaging facility, The Cannery, we expanded our manufacturing footprint in Albany’s Warehouse District, created workplace efficiencies and increased the production capacity for our premium ciders that the Nine Pin brand represents,” said Alejandro del Peral, co-founder and cidermaker, Nine Pin Ciderworks. “We greatly appreciate the support from National Grid and our funding partners in making this project a reality.”

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan said, “Nine Pin has been an Albany institution for nearly ten years, and we are so proud they chose to further expand their presence in New York’s Capital City. I extend my sincere congratulations to Sonya, Alejandro and the entire team at Nine Pin for embarking on this new endeavor and thank National Grid for their financial support that helped make it possible.”

This National Grid Main Street Revitalization Program is designed to assist communities in promoting “smart growth” and private sector investment in central business districts and commercial corridors which helps their competitive viability to attract investment and capitalize on their distinct development potential. The program provides matching grants to eligible property owners, municipalities and non-for-profit development corporations undertaking efforts to revitalize critical main streets and commercial corridors.

“National Grid is proud to assist companies like Nine Pin in its efforts to grow and help continue to revitalize a downtown Albany neighborhood,” said Laurie Poltynski, National Grid regional executive. “Nine Pin has become an iconic part of Albany and is committed to the City. We are proud to be able to help them accomplish that.”