Two brothers with Pennsylvania mushroom industry roots have reopened a large north Florida mushroom production facility.
Quincy Farms, Quincy, Fla., which closed its doors in 2008, reopened in November as Gamboa Bros., and plans to begin harvesting its first crops in mid-March, said Alvaro Gamboa, partner and co-owner.
Part of West Grove, Pa.-based Gamboa Bros. Inc., the company has mushroom growing and repacking operations in Pennsylvania and Maryland.
The Quincy operation, which Gamboa’s brother and partner, Abel Gamboa, owns, expects to begin shipping 120,000 pounds a week but plans to ramp production up to 500,000 pounds a week once it hits full capacity in 2013, Alvaro Gamboa said. Gamboa Bros.’ operations now ship 500,000 pounds a week or 26 million pounds a year, he said.
Alvaro Gamboa declined to state the purchase price.
When Quincy Farms closed, owner Sylvan Inc., Kittanning, Pa., cited declining product demand and increased competition. The new owners, however, envision a brighter future.
“We always have liked to take chances and opportunities,” Alvaro Gamboa said. “This is one of the good opportunities for doing that. We know the facility has the potential for a lot of things, like being able to ship closer to the markets in the south and secondly, we are a little farther away from everyone else (in Pennsylvania) around here.
“As most mushroom production comes from the Northeast, we have a little more control here and Florida is one of the bigger producing states.”
Alvaro Gamboa entered the mushroom industry in the late 1980s in production, and in 2000 started the company with his brother, a former mushroom picker.
Modern Mushroom Sales Co., Avondale, Pa., used to handle Quincy Farms’ sales. Alvaro Gamboa said he plans to have Rising Sun, Md.-based West Coast Mushrooms, a Gamboa Bros.’ growing and repacking operation, manage sales.
The Gamboa also own the West Grove-based G&G Mushrooms and Norwest Farms and Oxford, Pa.-based Gamboa Mushrooms growing operations.