BrightFarms has started construction on a 280,000-sq. ft. hydroponic greenhouse in Etowah in Henderson County.
The $21 million structure has the capacity of producing more than two million pounds of greens for supermarkets in the area, the Irving, NY, company said in a statement. BrightFarms chose the location because of its central location to retailers in the southeast.
“We have longstanding relationships with customers that have a strong footprint in North Carolina and the surrounding states,” Abby Prior, senior vice-president of sales and marketing, said in the release. “With more consumers seeking out clean, safe and responsibly grown produce, our expansion into the state will allow us to fill a crucial demand for retailers.”