Houwelings to expand in U.S.

Houweling’s Group and Equilibrium have partnered to invest in Houweling’s greenhouse operations in California and Utah, according to a report in Fresh Plaza, Feb. 1, 2019. The funding will modernize the California facilities, and expand the infrastructure and production capacity at their Utah facility.

 

The Utah greenhouse currently captures waste heat and CO2 from a neighbouring power plant, reducing the amount of fossil fuels consumed compared to a traditional greenhouse operation, and recycling CO2 that would otherwise enter the atmosphere.

 

“The waste heat and CO2 from the adjacent power plant is sufficient to support a greenhouse twice the size of what we have now,” said Kevin Doran, president and CEO of Houweling’s. “With Equilibrium, we can realize the economies of scale from a second 30-acre phase, planned to commence construction in 2019. The expansion will provide further economic development for the neighbouring communities and allow the company to expand the locally grown product mix available to our customers.”

 

Houweling’s also operates greenhouse facilities in Delta, B.C., where they are in the process of installing a novel heat and power co-generation technology that they’ve successfully test run at their Camarillo, California location.

 

 

Source: freshplaza.com, Feb. 1, 2019
houwelings.com, Feb. 4, 2019

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