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Mastronardi Produce Ltd., a leading grower-shipper of greenhouse vegetables, based in Kingsville, ON, is expanding its distribution center, which will nearly double the company's headquarters location.

The new space, which will be completely refrigerated with different temperature zones, is necessary due to the addition of more than 100 greenhouse acres in Ontario alone for 2013, according to the company.

"Our gourmet greenhouse tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and specialty items continue to be in high demand, and with this acreage we will fulfill the needs of our key partners throughout North America," Paul Mastronardi, president of Mastronardi Produce, said in a press release. "The new addition also includes automation to improve packing and distribution efficiencies."

The new 72,000-square-foot expansion is expected to be completed by summer.