With the acquisition of Kingsville Mushroom Farm, Leamington, Ontario-based Highline Mushrooms now owns four growing facilities in southwestern Ontario plus a distribution center in Montreal.

Chairwoman Elizabeth O’Neil said the facility, acquired from Rol-land Farms of Blenheim, Ontario, is a modern Dutch farm and brings the company’s workforce to about 1,150.

This farm is similar to Leamington’s West Farm, O’Neil said, and boasts a substrate preparation area, soil preparation and a packing and shipping facility.

“Our highly developed cropping techniques have enabled us to grow all white, mini bella and portabella mushrooms without the use of any pesticides or fungicides,” said O’Neil.

The company’s Leamington and Wellington farms recently achieved Safe Quality Food 2000 Level 2 certification, she said, with Kingsville’s audit scheduled for early fall.

Highline is the largest independently owned and operated mushroom grower in Canada.