A Canadian company preparing to invest $250 million to construct a high-tech veggie greenhouse operation in Wapakoneta hosted a revolutionary ceremony today.
Golden Fresh Farms began on its advanced greenhouses in the West Central Ohio Industrial Center near Interstate 75 and U.S. 3. The greenhouses will permit the company to grow vegetables year-round.
The company states the job will take seven to 10 years to build. The first phase of work will include 20 acres of land under glass and a $100 million investment.
The company will employ 52 people for the first phase and anticipate having more than 400 jobs when the last stage is added.
We are really delighted and excited the Golden Fresh Farms has picked our neighborhood for this task, said Wapakoneta Mayor Tom Stinebaugh in a release. Wapakoneta is understood for lots of good ideas. Now we will be home to among the largest, most contemporary, fully sustainable growers of veggies in the nation.
Once completed, the company’s owner stated around 200 acres would be under glass.
Golden Fresh Farms presently runs 100 acres of advanced, state-of-the-art greenhouse centers in Kingsville, Ontario. Their operations include seeding, harvesting, packaging and shipping to make sure freshness and quality, according to a media release.
Golden Fresh Farms new state-of-the-art center in Wapakoneta will offer a distinct chance for agricultural laborers within our state to remain in Ohio all year, stated Jeff Hoagland, president and president for Dayton Development Coalition. The indoor greenhouse can extend the growing season for fruit and vegetables, but likewise allow this workforce year-round employment opportunities.
Golden Fresh Farms technology allows the company to manage their growing environment, accomplish sustainability for the future, and incorporate pest management programs to eliminate the use of pesticides, recycle water to decrease their environmental footprint, grow all Non-GMO varieties, and create CO2 through waste heat, according to a media release.