North America’s leading grower and distributor of specialty and commodity greenhouse produce announced that it has expanded with its sixth greenhouse in the U.S., a 20-acre state-of-the-art facility in Wapakoneta, Ohio. The farm will operate as The Ohio Greenhouse Company, and uses the latest innovative technology to provide fresh, local produce to the area year-round.
The Ohio Greenhouse Company will focus on offering flavourful, non-GMO produce under the Sunset brand, and will be locally available at top retailers for Ohio and surrounding states including Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and West Virginia.
“This new location perfectly complements our vision and plan for providing fresh, local produce to our retailers and consumers,” said Paul Mastronardi, president and CEO and fourth generation family member to lead the Mastronardi Produce organization. “Growing our local footprint and delivering on our long-standing ‘fresh from the farm’ commitment to our customers is something we are incredibly passionate about. We will be growing Ohio’s best red and flavourful tomatoes in the middle of the winter!”
In total, Mastronardi Produce grows and delivers fresh, locally grown flavourful produce to retailers from more than 4,000 productive acres of growing capacity. The new location offers the company the ability to triple the site’s greenhouse acreage in the future.
In August 2017 Mastronardi Produce signed a deal with Golden Fresh Farms, the company that initially built and operated the facility. According to The Wapakoneta Daily News’article published on July 12, the city’s mayor, Tom Stinebaugh feels the sale is a positive move and will be good for the city.
"They are the biggest owner of greenhouses under roof in the United States," Stinebaugh said. "I think it's going to be good news for the greenhouse; they have the resources to expand, they have a great leadership team in place; they know what they're doing. I'm thrilled they've got the greenhouse and I look forward to their expansion."
Source: Mastronardi Produce July 6, 2018 news release