Mastronardi Produce Adding 64-Acre Greenhouse in NY
Havecon Horticultural Projects is nearing completion on the construction of Green Empire Farms (GEF), a high-tech greenhouse in Oneida, NY.
The new greenhouse brings Mastronardi Produce Ltd.’s internal greenhouse network to seven locations across the United States. Family owned since 1954, Mastronardi Produce is the largest vertically integrated producer of flavorful greenhouse fruits and vegetables, which it sells and distributes under the Sunset brand.
The 64-acre (2.78 million square-foot-plus) single greenhouse is split into two phases. It is one the largest-ever single build greenhouse projects in North America.
Construction of phase I started in early February of this year, and the first plants were placed this summer, on schedule. Crops in phase II will be planted in early 2020.
Green Empire Farms will grow world-class Sunset berries, tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers.
“The scale of this project is enormous. At any give time during construction, we have 10 to 15 platforms and machines, and over 75 staff working non-stop to keep pace and ensure the schedule is held,” says Henk Verbakel, CEO of Havecon.
(Photo courtesy of Havecon Horticultural Projects)