Three months after Mason City Mayor Bill Schickel announced on Facebook that an Owatonna, Minnesota-based business was looking to expand into town, the groundbreaking has been set.
At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Bushel Boys will break ground on a $35 million, 50-acre facility at 43rd Street SW, according to the North Iowa Corridor Economic Development Corporation.
In a post on Facebook, the group made the announcement, which also noted that the development would bring about 50 full-time jobs to North Iowa. According to an accompanying release, the ground-breaking commences Phase I of a three-phase project and entails development of a 16.5 acre high tech greenhouse.
Before the deal was entirely finalized, Bushel Boy President Steve Irland said that Mason City courted the company aggressively by offering new facilities to house technology and ease of access to utilities needed for their process.
You have free articles remaining.
Specifically, the city applied for a Revitalize Iowa's Sound Economy grant from the Iowa Department of Transportation to construct a two-lane road to serve as frontage for the facility and the city also established plans to extend water and sewer to the area.
Irland has previously said that the company, which does business with stores such as HyVee, Target and Whole Foods, was hoping to have everything up and functional by Summer 2020.
But, in the announcement, plans have shifted to October 2020 which would mean that the first harvest would be expected in December 2020.
What a Globe Gazette News+ membership can do for you:
- A deeper examination of local issues than you'll find anywhere else.
- Two products in one – not everything that's in the print edition of the Globe Gazette is on our website, and not everything on our website is in the print edition.
- Access to newspapers.com archives dating back two years.
- The ability to carry your local news with you and receive alerts instantly as news unfolds.
- Advertising that frequently gets you deals you won't find anywhere else.
You can join here (https://bit.ly/2PtWJs1) for as little as $5 a month.