Canadian vegetable grower Mucci Farms is expanding its presence in the US with a multi-year, three-phase investment plan to build state-of-the-art greenhouses and a warehouse to support increasing demand in the US market.

The company said yesterday (8 August) the first stage of the project in Huron, Ohio, is already underway with the construction of a 24-acre range which it expects to start production around March 2018. The site will take in 60 acres overall and will include a 272,000 square-foot distribution centre.

Mucci Farms already has a well-recognised brand in a number of US retailers. The company said it has been “actively exploring a number of US expansion opportunities for the past 18 months” and Huron was a “perfect fit due to its easy access to a number of current and potentially new retailer distribution facilities, as well as its proximity” to its headquarters in Kingsville.

The company envisages that once the first stage of construction is complete, it will look to take on 100 workers, which could rise to around 250 by the end of the third stage.