Canada-based Mucci Farms plans a large-scale, multi-year, investment to expand its production plant to Huron, Ohio.
The company confirmed that it was starting a multi-year, three phase construction project which will cover a total of 60 acres and feature the newest and latest state of the art greenhouses equipped with grow lights which extend the growing season. The constructed facility will also include a 272,000 sq. ft. distribution warehouse to support the Company's growing United States customer base.
Mucci Farms has already broken ground on the first phase which is the construction of a 24 acre range and the company expects produce from this facility will be available as soon as March 2018.
The company anticipates that when the first phase of construction is completed it will be looking to employ up to 100 full-time positions. The Company expects this number will increase to 250 full-time positions by the completion of the third phase of construction.
“This new, state of the art facility will include the latest grow light technology which simulates sunlight by providing or supplementing the necessary light to optimize plant growth, company officials explained. The use of this grow technology allows for year-round production, keeping our produce - always in season,” Mucci officials explained.
“Mucci Farms already has a sustainable, successful business with a well recognized brand in a number of large US retailers. Expanding our operations to include a US growing facility was strategically done to meet our US customer demands for locally grown, year round, fresh and flavourful produce,” the company said.
The company said it has been actively exploring a number of United States expansion opportunities for the past 18 months and the site located in Huron, Ohio was a perfect fit due to its easy access to a number of current and potentially new retailer distribution facilities as well as its proximity to our corporate headquarters in Kingsville, Ontario.
The Company said it has enjoyed establishing a number of working partnerships during the development stages of this expansion with the City of Huron and Erie County officials and the Company looks forward to what it expects will be a number of promising opportunities for continued community partnerships ahead.
"The City is excited to collaborate with Mucci Farms in bringing a new, advanced technology to the region. The impact to this area is expected to be profound and transformational. Welcome,” said Andy White, Huron City Manager.
"We are extremely pleased to be a part of this next step for Mucci Farms. The Company's advanced practices and reputation is well suited for our region and business community,” said Abbey Bemis, Executive Director, Erie County Economic Development Corporation.