JemD Farms, a leading greenhouse vegetable grower based in Leamington, ON, is adding to its greenhouse farm portfolio with a state-of-the-art farm and distribution center in Virginia.
The new project was announced March 15 during a press conference by Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell. The US operation will add to the company's current 400-plus acres of production. The U.S. operation will be located in the town of Dublin, VA, and will be harvested and marketed under the "Red Sun" label.
"This game-changing project has been in the works for a long time, and it is gratifying to see it come to fruition today," Gov. McDonnell said during the press conference. Red Sun Farms uses extremely high-tech equipment to provide a continuous supply of the best greenhouse-grown vegetables, and after much research determined that Pulaski County is the ideal spot for its first U.S. production center. Virginia offers optimal climactic conditions for greenhouse operations, a central location providing convenient access to East Coast markets, and a top-notch workforce ready for this new opportunity. As the first tenant of the New River Valley Commerce Park, Red Sun Farms' significant investment and creation of 205 new jobs is a tremendous win for the Commonwealth and Pulaski County, and represents strategic growth for the New River Valley region."
The official ground breaking will take place in April. The first phase of the project will create more than 100 jobs for local families and is forecasted to harvest the first crop in the spring of 2014. Once complete, the three year, $30 million project will create 205 jobs and boast 50 acres of local greenhouse-grown tomatoes, Bell peppers, cucumbers and specialty organic lines of produce.
"We are extremely excited to begin construction on our new greenhouse facility in Dublin, Virginia," Carlos Visconti, chief operating office of JemD Farms, said in a press release. "Being able to provide quality, safe and now locally grown greenhouse produce to our retail partners and consumers is a great accomplishment for our team. We thank the governor and the local authorities for their support and assistance to make this project a reality."
In addition to its farms, JemD Farms operates six distribution centers across North America with dedicated regional sales and customer service teams in each location. The Virginia project will further complement JemD Farms' North American position as one of the larger greenhouse growers in the marketplace.