Mastronardi Produce, AppHarvest announce construction of 60-acre greenhouse
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Mastronardi Produce, AppHarvest announce construction of 60-acre greenhouse

The facility will be located in Morehead, Kentucky and employ an estimated 285 workers.

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May 22, 2019

According to a press release, Mastronardi Produce and AppHarvest are set to build a 60-acre greenhouse in Morehead, Kentucky. The facility, according to Mastronardi president and CEO Paul Mastronardi, will be "one of the most sustainable, efficient, and technologically advanced greenhouses of its kind

The plan for a greenhouse in Morehead was originally announced in January 2019. Previously, AppHarvest planned to build a greenhouse in Pikeville, Kentucky, but that project fell through. In January, the companies estimated that they would employ 285 workers at the greenhouse. 

The greenhouse will produce Sunset brand produce, which includes peppers and cucumbers. According to the release, the Morehead greenhouse will be the largest high-tech cucumber greenhouse in the U.S. Product from the greenhouses are expected to be available in stores in 2020.

“Situated in the heart of America, the facility is within one day’s drive of 70 percent of the U.S. population in a region known for its hard work, ingenuity, and tenacity,” said AppHarvest CEO Jonathan Webb. “This greenhouse will be a source of opportunity, optimism, and prosperity for the entire Appalachian region.”