(May 20) McALPIN, Fla. — Shenandoah Growers Inc. will post a 60% increase in its herb production capacity this year with the addition of a new facility in McAlpin.

Based in Harrisonburg, Va., Shenandoah Growers began construction of its greenhouses in northern Florida — near the intersection of interstates 10 and 75 — in July and became fully operational there in April. The company, founded in 1989, grows culinary herbs and edible flowers hydroponically in greenhouses, as well as in fields.

Tim Heydon, the company’s chief executive officer, said Shenandoah’s new facility will help with winter production and provide better entry into key markets in the Southeast.

Shenandoah, which has tripled its production in the past three years to about 3 million ¾-ounce clamshell packs, carries a full line of herbs and serves retail accounts from New York to Florida. Its new Florida facility is producing 10 herbs initially and will expand to perhaps 18 within the next six months, Heydon said.