Houweling’s Tomatoes has started construction of a 28.3-acre greenhouse operation in Mona, Utah, and plans to expand that to 113 acres in five to 10 years.
Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox joined Casey Houweling, president and chief executive officer of the Delta, British Columbia-based grower-shipper and others, including Rocky Mountain Power representatives and local officials April 24 at a groundbreaking ceremony.
The construction, the first of four building phases, will produce tomatoes by late 2014, according to a news release. Nearly all of it will be targeted for sale within a 500-mile radius.
The project is expected to bring about 280 full-time jobs to Utah’s Juab County.
Houweling’s is using the patented Ultra Clima semi-closed greenhouse design in Utah. Sustainability features include the ability to secure an agreement with Rocky Mountain Power and PacifiCorp for supply of otherwise wasted heat and carbon dioxide. Houweling’s plans to siphon off such waste from the Currant Creek Power Plant to power its site and grow year-round.
More than 100 attended the ceremony. Afterward, Houweling fielded questions on growing methods, water usage, irrigation sources and community participation.