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December 9, 2022

Millis vertical farming co. expands into Pennsylvania to reach new markets

Photo | Courtesy Crop One Holdings Crop One's new farm in Hazle Township, Pennsylvania
Photo | Courtesy Crop One Holdings
Crop One grows food crops in indoor controlled environments.

Millis-based agriculture company, Crop One Holdings, Inc., is building a 316,000 square foot vertical farm in Hazle Township, Pennsylvania. It is expected to open in 2024.

Once fully operational, the farm is expected to produce seven tons of produce per day. The farm will create approximately 40 jobs, according to a Thursday press release from the company. 

“This new farm will enable us to meet growing retailer demand, while simultaneously introducing new consumers across the tristate area to the benefits of hydroponically grown produce,” Crop One CEO Craig Ratajczyk said in the press release.

Crop One chose the location for the new facility to give the business access to customers in the tri-state and mid-atlantic regions, including New York City, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. 

The commercial-scale farm will primarily grow romaine lettuce and spring mix, serving retailers, food service providers and other partners located near the facility, ensuring produce is packaged and on store shelves within 24 hours. 

“Controlled agriculture systems like Crop One help to diversify Pennsylvania’s $132.5 billion agriculture industry,” Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said in the press release, “These new job opportunities feed our economy and bring people with different abilities and skills to the table, putting climate-smart technology to work to feed consumer demand for fresh, local produce.”

In July, Crop One opened its second farm in Dubai, UAE in partnership with Emirates Flight Catering of Dubai. The 330,000 square-foot facility is expected to produce more than 2 million pounds of produce annually, according to a July press release.

Crop One has operated a farm at its Millis headquarters since 2015 and sells produce under its retail label FreshBox Farms.

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