AppHarvest proposes new Morehead, Kentucky, site for greenhouse
Photo courtesy of Jonathan Webb

AppHarvest proposes new Morehead, Kentucky, site for greenhouse

The startup previously planned to grow produce in Pikeville, Kentucky.

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January 23, 2019
WTVQ

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) – An official says a high-tech greenhouse that had been planned in Pikeville two years ago will instead be built on a farm near Morehead.

AppHarvest founder and CEO Jonathan Webb told the Lexington Herald-Leader this week that the greenhouse proposed in Rowan County would be 60 acres and employ 285 workers, more than double what had been planned in Pikeville. He says the company is in the process of acquiring a 350-acre parcel for the project.

Plans for the greenhouse were originally announced in February 2017, but the project never came to fruition and Pikeville officials eventually rescinded the company’s option to lease land in its industrial park.

 

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Related: Read Produce Grower’s August 2017 cover story, “Why rural?” where we spoke to Webb about AppHarvest.