The installation of 9,000 new light fixtures will allow Albion, N.Y.-based Intergrow to grow tomatoes in the winter, according to a company news release.
The expansion gives Intergrow 80 acres of greenhouse production.
“The demand for year-round locally grown produce justified the substantial investment needed to grow tomatoes during the winter months in New York,” Kris Gibson, Intergrow’s vice president of sales and marketing, said in the release. “Warm weather and sunlight are in limited supply during the Northeast winters, but with the addition of lights we can now create optimal growing conditions year-round.”
Intergrow delivers on-the-vine and beefsteak tomatoes to customers within 24 hours of harvest, Gibson said.
In addition to the new grow lights, Intergrow has upgraded its packinghouse with new automated systems and added a new cogeneration/CHP generator to handle the increased electricity usage.