Shenandoah Growers' newest facility (not pictured) will be operational this fall. ( Courtesy Shenandoah Farms )

Organic herb and microgreens company Shenandoah Growers Inc., Rockingham, Va., has opened an expanded production facility in Jefferson, Ga.

The facility is used for packing and shipping operations, and the company plans to start growing there this fall. When fully operational, organic herbs will be grown, packed and shipped from the facility, expanding the company’s living herbs product line and increasing logistics in the Southeast, according to a news release.

Shenandoah Growers calls the 62,400-square-foot facility a NextGen Indoor BioFarm, a vertical soil-based production facility that uses technology to produce crops. It will climate controls, an LED nursery and germination chamber, and checkweighers, according to the release.

The product from the Jefferson facility will be shipped to retailers in Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina.

“As Shenandoah Growers expands operations across the country, we're implementing cutting-edge technology to meet the needs of our 23,000 retail partners nationwide," Jimi Farrell, regional vice president of operations,” said in the release. “This newest facility in Jefferson is an important step toward our goal of bringing 80% of growing operations indoors, allowing us to grow, pack and ship high-quality, fresh, organic product for consumers year-round."

Patrick Guzzo is the general manager of the facility, which began operations on Many 20.

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