Church Brothers is building a facility in Mexico near the U.S. border to boost year-round capacity. ( Courtesy Church Brothers )

Church Brothers Farms and its processing company, True Leaf Farms, is building a processing/packing facility just across the U.S. border in Mexico to increase year-round supplies.

The plant, in San Luis Rio Colo., south of Yuma, Ariz., will be producing whole leaf lettuce, broccoli florets, iceless broccoli and green onions with an opening anticipated by the end of the year, according to a news release.

The plant, at almost 111,000 square feet, will handle vegetables grown in Mexico and the U.S., CEO Brian Church said.

“The new facility will allow us to produce during the summer months, where in the past we were limited to only green onions and other seasonal items,” Church said in the release. “Now we will be sourcing from Mexico year-round to meet our U.S. customers’ growing needs.”

The facility, known as CB Mexico, will be Custom Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) certified, allowing trucks to enter the U.S. faster. CB Mexico is 29 miles south of Church Brothers’ two Yuma facilities, according to the release.

Other U.S. companies with facilities in the area include Kenworth, Gulfstream and Honeywell, according to the release.

The company plans to post progress on the plant on YouTube.

 
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