FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 7, 2016) – Gov. Matt Bevin and Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles today congratulated Kentucky Fresh Harvest LLC as company and Stanford-area officials broke ground on a $10.7 million, 75-job facility to produce cherry tomatoes.
“Agriculture in an essential industry in the Commonwealth. The arrival of this high-tech greenhouse operation is an innovative way to produce high-quality products at less cost,” Gov. Bevin said. “We are grateful that the establishment of Kentucky Fresh Harvest will bring 75 full-time jobs to Lincoln Co. and will showcase the evolution of an industry deeply rooted in Kentucky’s economy.”
With the start of site preparation today in Stanford, Kentucky Fresh Harvest’s first phase of construction gets underway. The initial phase will include a plant nursery to begin growing seedlings as builders move on to construct a larger grow house.
The company will begin hiring in early 2017 and expects to ship its first cherry tomatoes in May or June. Company owners expect the facility – anticipated to be fully operational within a year – to produce between 3 and 4 million pounds of cherry tomatoes annually. Of the 75 jobs, approximately 15 will require advanced degrees or training, including managerial roles, while the remaining positions will be among greenhouse and packing house teams.