Plans are in the works to open a new business in Paradise that could be an off-shoot to the craft brewing industry.
According to a town staff report, the Capay Hops factory would be an agricultural processing facility to produce clean-stock and pesticide free hops for the craft beer and specialty alcohol and beverage industry.
Juan Cole is the one applying for this project, he currently owns the Chico and Oroville garden centers.
He says the factory would essentially propagate or breed current and new strains of hop tissue or seedlings, to be sent on to hop growers.
The business has a potential to hire up 40 employees over time.
The owner of Chico’s "Secret Trail Brewery" is excited to see more locals getting involved in the industry.
"And this would be another source of local ingredients so I think it's a terrific idea and I’m in favor. We just think it's so important to keep jobs local and keep the economy moving," said Charlie Barrett.
If approved by the Paradise Planning Commission, the factory would be located on Clark Road in the building formerly occupied by the Paradise Post.
Town officials are holding a special planning meeting next Thursday to discuss the project.