Ground Broken For Huge Greenhouse Operation

Ground has been bro­ken, and now work is under­way, for the new Nature Fresh Farm facil­ity on Ohio 109 at Delta. The project rep­re­sents a $200 mil­lion invest­ment in the area, and is expected to be well under­way by the end of the year. Com­pany offi­cials say within 7 years, it will be com­pleted, and there will be between 300 and 360 peo­ple work­ing there. They say they expect to have phase one done by this Sep­tem­ber, and hope to begin ship­ping pro­duce by this Decem­ber. Wages will aver­age $10-$15 an hour, with higher wages for man­age­ment, super­vi­sors and skilled labor posi­tions. When fin­ished, it will pro­vide fresh Ohio-grown toma­toes avail­able year round, with imme­di­ate plans to grow toma­toes on the vine right now. Accord­ing to the com­pany, once the entire 175-acre green­house facil­ity is oper­a­tional, it will pro­duce tens of thou­sands of cases of fresh-grown toma­toes a year, and will be the largest green­house facil­ity in North America.

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