21 Aug 2017

Hydroponic greenhouse to locate in Peach County, Georgia

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Pure Flavor evaluated over 300 sites in each state that met initial criteria, before narrowing it down and focusing on 50 sites. In the process, the Blueforest team of Susan and Sarah van de Merwe contacted the Georgia Department of Economic Development, where they discovered Peach County potentially possessed many of the critical greenhouse development features their client needed.

When asked what it was about Peach County that stood out to them and their client, Susan and Sarah agreed. “Peach County was extremely supportive from the very beginning. Most communities in Georgia were supportive, but Peach County was at a different level. They were responsive to questions, delivered on time, and were willing to adapt to fit our needs”, they said. “There were three different power providers that were vying for our business, which created options and competition. In the end, we decided to work with the Fort Valley Utility Commission, since they were willing to provide the necessary infrastructure we needed to meet our demands, which, among other things, included an on-site electric substation.

“Finally, the logistical location was ideal. Being located within a couple miles from the I-75 allows our client to transport produce to retailers within 24 hours. Pure Flavor’s corporate office is in Leamington, Ontario, and being able to fly into Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson Airport from Canada and the Netherlands on direct flights made it easy to access Peach County.”