Oct 31, 2019
BrightFarms to Add Hydroponic Facility in North Carolina

BrightFarms, a packaged salads company, has announced plans to invest $21 million to operate a hydroponic greenhouse in Henderson County, North Carolina.

The new facility will create 54 jobs in Henderson County.BrightFarms’ North Carolina greenhouse will be the company’s sixth and one of its largest locations to date. At full production, the 280,000SF state-of-the-art greenhouse in Hendersonville could produce up to two million pounds of leafy greens each year.

“Agriculture has always been a strong driver in North Carolina, and BrightFarms’ expansion is good for our state. They are committed to conserving water, land and energy resources while growing their business–green economic development that is good for the company, the community and the workers who will support them,” said Governor Roy Cooper.

“Today’s consumers are searching for produce that’s fresher, safer and responsibly grown. It’s the reason that locally grown food has become the #1 purchase driver in produce for supermarkets,” said Steve Platt, CEO of BrightFarms. “We are incredibly grateful for the support from Governor Cooper and the North Carolina Department of Commerce and look forward to bringing local, pesticide-free leafy greens to North Carolina and neighboring states.”

“The positive business climate of North Carolina continues to be recognized nationally,” said N.C. Senator Chuck Edwards. “We are particularly fortunate in Henderson County that there is such a collaborative effort between government, education, workforce, and economic development to attract and retain business that will offer our citizens job opportunities that will help enrich their lives.”