Northeast Kingdom maple syrup business looking to tap into a supply of migrant workers

 A Northeast Kingdom maple syrup business looking to tap into a supply of migrant workers hopes to house them at a former manufacturing building it owns on Memorial Drive. Joe Russo, the chief operating officer of Sweet Tree Holdings, appeared before the Development Review Board on Thursday seeking permission to provide employee lodging at 3606 Memorial Dr. Sweet Tree, based in Island Pond, has owned the 40,000-plus square foot building across the road from the Weidmann Systems plant since 2018. Its use of the property to this point has been the storage of maple syrup barrels. Russo told the board that Sweet Tree is a large maple operation that currently does not have enough employees.