In Hazle Township, Pennsylvania, Crop One Holdings announced the opening of its second farm in the country. When fully operational in 2024, the facility will be more than 316,000 square feet large and produce 7 tons of food per day. The news is released as the business experiences great growth after announcing earlier this year that the largest hydroponic vertical farm in the world had opened. The commercial-scale farm’s main crops will be romaine lettuce and spring mix, which it will supply to restaurants, stores, and other partners. PNK Group provided a high-quality, completely insulated industrial warehouse project of 316,000 square feet to help Crop One begin its U.S. expansion. Along with the facility’s integration of cutting-edge technology, 40 family-sustaining employment will be established.
Crop One Holdings announced its second U.S. farm, located in Hazle Township, Pennsylvania. The facility will occupy more than 316,000 square feet and will produce 7 tons of produce per day once fully operational in 2024. The news comes as the company continues to see strong growth, following its announcement earlier this year about the opening of the world’s largest hydroponic vertical farm in Dubai. The commercial-scale farm will primarily grow romaine lettuce and spring mix, serving retailers, food service providers, and other partners located within close proximity to the facility, ensuring produce is packaged and on store shelves within 24 hours.
“For more than five years, Crop One has refined its growing processes, providing consumers in the Northeast United States and the Middle East with fresh, safe, and sustainable fruit. As we build our business and carry out our ambitious five-year growth strategy, we are able to reach a new audience with our expansion into Pennsylvania,” said Craig Ratajczyk, CEO of Crop One. “This additional farm will help us satisfy increasing retailer demand while also educating new customers in the tri-state area about the advantages of vegetables cultivated hydroponically.”
Per Pennsylvania’s Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, “controlled agriculture systems like Crop One serve to diversify Pennsylvania’s $132.5 billion agricultural business. These new job possibilities fuel our economy and attract workers with a variety of backgrounds and expertise, putting climate-smart technology to work to meet customer demand for fresh, local goods.”
A long-term lease for the space has been negotiated with PNK group. Savills U.S represented Crop One in the transaction. Crop One is also working closely with CAN DO, a leading economic developer in Northeastern Pennsylvania, on facilitating relationships with local businesses and organizations.
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