Twenty greenhouse growers in Ontario recently merged, effectively becoming one of the largest greenhouse operations in North America, according to a news release from the company.

Ontario greenhouse operations merge

The new business, which will continue under the Clifford Produce name, will now grow produce beefsteak and vine tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and other items on about 200 acres, 150 of which are the combined owner’s family operations.

The company will continue to ship under the Paysanne label.

Reno Vespa, owner of Vespa Farms and president of the new Clifford Produce, said this merger will allow the 20 former smaller companies to combine resources to become a major player in the greenhouse produce industry.

“Each of us was an independent company, but there were many similarities in how we ran our businesses,” Vespa said in the release. “We grew the same products. We’re all family run operations with similar company cultures and a strong focus on customer service.”

Clifford Produce has been in the greenhouse produce business for more than 30 years and are owned by second- and third-generation greenhouse growers.