Bushel Boy breaks ground on 50-acre iowa facility

13-09-2019    17:00   |    Goedemorgen

Minnesota-based Bushel Boy Farms expands its commitment to meeting Midwest demand for local, high-quality fresh produce as it breaks ground on a new 20 hectare / 50-acre facility in Mason City, Iowa on September 11. The $35 million investment in the new facility will increase current production by 50% and is expected to bring approximately 50 full-time jobs to the city. Tomatoes will be the initial crop.

Leader in Midwest Greenhouse Production Expands to Mason City

OWATONNA, Minn. (September 11, 2019) – Minnesota-based Bushel Boy Farms expands its commitment to meeting Midwest demand for local, high-quality fresh produce as it breaks ground on a new 20 hectare / 50-acre facility in Mason City, Iowa on September 11. The $35 million investment in the new facility will increase current production by 50% and is expected to bring approximately 50 full-time jobs to the city. Tomatoes will be the initial crop.

VB from the Netherlands has been recently awarded the contract for this modern greenhouse complex to be built in Northern Iowa. The groundbreaking commences phase one of a three-phase project and entails development of a 6.8 hectare / 16.5-acre high-tech greenhouse with a modern packhouse and technical installations building. The foundation works are to commence immediately.  The project is scheduled for completion in October of 2020, with the first harvest expected in December of that year.

The Iowa expansion does not affect Bushel Boy’s continued commitment to its Owatonna, Minnesota operations, as construction is currently underway on a 1.8 hectares / 4.5-acre research and development greenhouse also built by VB. This state-of-the-art expansion will both increase production at its flagship facility and increase the variety of tomato offered. The construction phase of this R&D project is already set for completion in December 2019 with production starting in early 2020. Once both projects are complete, Bushel Boy will have 48 acres of greenhouse space, with infrastructure in place for 33 more acres. These projects will provide the company an enhanced ability to offer a wide variety of locally grown, premium fresh produce to the upper Midwest.

“These expansions will not only allow us to serve our existing customer base but will provide us the opportunity to seek new business relationships and expand existing partnerships with retailers, wholesalers and food service distributors,” said Steve Irland, President of Bushel Boy Farms. “We are incredibly grateful for the support we have received from the city of Mason City and its government officials, as well as support at the county and state level and with the North Iowa Corridor EDC.”

“We are extremely proud to have been selected for this exciting large scale greenhouse project in the Northern region of Iowa,” said Edward Verbakel, CEO of VB Group. “With a number of projects currently under construction in other parts of the US this is going to be our first complete greenhouse in the State of Iowa. Our company has been building for Bushel Boy Farms ever since 2007 and we are excited to move forward and continue our longtime business relationship.”

The new facility marks a period of rapid expansion for Bushel Boy, which was acquired by Shakopee-based Rahr Corporation in November 2018. To learn more about Bushel Boy, visit www.bushelboy.com. To learn more about VB Greenhouse Projects, visit www.vb.nl.

About Bushel Boy Farms

Bushel Boy Farms was founded in Owatonna, Minnesota in 1990 with a simple desire to grow fresh, vine-ripened tomatoes year-round, even in the depth of a Minnesota winter. Known for their red, ripe color and fresh garden flavor, Bushel Boy has been supplying the upper Midwest with tomatoes year-round—long before locally grown was an important consumer buying consideration. Bushel Boy’s expert agriculture team has created the perfect growing environment, combining the latest in greenhouse design and technology with the hands-on TLC it takes to produce the sweetest, juiciest tomatoes. Bushel Boy tomatoes are always picked ripe on the vine, carefully packed and rapidly shipped for maximum freshness and flavor. To learn more, visit www.bushelboy.com.

About VB Greenhouse Projects

VB was founded in the Netherlands in 1966 and has been active in the US since 1971. The Dutch based company provides in complete greenhouse solutions. The increased scale requirements in greenhouse horticulture requires an optimum and smooth collaboration between all the project partners and stakeholders involved. The period between the start of construction and the final delivery of the project is relatively short. The compressed construction window demands experienced and intensive project management. VB is fully geared to realizing tight planning schedules. The market demands an optimized project schedule which increasingly need to be harmonized and brought into line with a multitude of requirements - particularly those concerning the environment. For VB optimized grow conditions and energy saving are key starting points in the design of any greenhouse structure. To learn more, visit www.vb.nl.

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Media Contact Bushel Boy Farms:

Katie Volney

katie@kohnstamm.com

+1.612.710.8076

Media Contact VB Greenhouse Projects

Edward Verbakel

e.verbakel@vb.nl

+31.174.522.222


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