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Rep. Johnson: BrightFarms investment a boon for community


By Pat Morris | Dec 5, 2019

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BrightFarms, a hydroponic grower of salad greens, is setting up shop in Henderson County and expects to create 54 new jobs in the process.

“BrightFarms is making a tremendous investment in our state,” state Rep. Jake Johnson (R-Columbus) posted on his Facebook page.

The company, which sells packaged salads, is investing $21 million to build a 280,000-square-foot hydroponic greenhouse in Etowah. 

Rep. Jake Johnson (R-Columbus)

BrightFarms grows close to the consumer and uses no pesticides, describing the greens produced as "beyond organic," said a release from the North Carolina Department of Commerce. "BrightFarms’ produce is delivered to supermarkets in as little as 24 hours of harvest, about a week faster than leafy greens grown on the West Coast."

When operating at full capacity, the facility could produce as much as 2 million pounds of greens and herbs annually.

“I know they will be very successful in Henderson County and the community is ready to support them,” Johnson added in his post.

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