Canadian greenhouse grower JemD Farms is building its first greenhouse operation in the U.S.

JemD building Virginia greenhouseThe greenhouse facility in Dublin, Va., will also have a distribution center, the company’s seventh one in North America.

The Kingsville, Ontario-based growers, part of JemD International, announced the project at a March 15 news conference in Dublin.

The $30 million, 50-acre operation in southwest Virginia is scheduled to harvest its first crop of greenhouse tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers (including some organic) next spring, according to a news release. The vegetables will be marketed under JemD’s Red Sun label.

Once complete, the three-year project is expected to create 205 jobs, according to the release.

At the event, Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell said the project has been in the works for a long time.

Virginia’s climate and central location for East Coast markets make the location ideal, he said in the release.

“Being able to provide quality, safe and now locally grown greenhouse produce to our retail partners and consumers is a great accomplishment for our team,” Carlos Visconti, JemD’s chief operating officer, said in the release.

JemD Farms currently has more than 400 acres of production.

Official groundbreaking is scheduled in April.

JemD Farms is a venture of JemD International and Agricola El Rosal, one of the largest Mexican greenhouse growers.