LEAMINGTON, Ontario — Mastronardi Produce has built a greenhouse operation in Coldwater, Mich., for the 2012 season.
Joe Sbrocchi, vice president for sales and marketing for the company, said in mid-January that the company expects to begin harvesting tomatoes by late February or early March at the new 25-acre facility.
“The Coldwater opening makes us able to provide locally grown year-round in Canada and Michigan,” Sbrocchi said.
The Coldwater operation is supervised by Maroa Farms Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Mastronardi Produce. In its fourth generation, Mastronardi Produce also has divisions in Florida and California.
The Coldwater location has weather similar to Mastronardi’s Leamington greenhouses, making it a good fit for the company’s growers and managers who will work there. Its location along Interstate 69 and other major routes was also a key factor in the selection of the Coldwater site.
Back at headquarters in Leamington, Mastronardi has cleared ground for a new warehouse and packing building, which will double its capacity in those areas, Sbrocchi said.
The building is scheduled to be operating by the end of April when harvest is at its height.