Intergrow Greenhouses Inc., based in Albion, NY, has nearly completed its recent expansion and addition of growing lights in the greenhouse for winter production. The expansion will increase Intergrow’s total acreage to approximately 80 acres of greenhouse under glass in the Northeast region.
Intergrow installed approximately 9,000 light fixtures in the greenhouse for its winter production. The addition of lights will enable Intergrow to supply its customers with locally grown tomatoes 12 months of the year without the need to source from other regions or countries.
A new Cogeneration-CHP generator will be added to assist in the electrical demand for the growing lights. The packinghouse facilities are also upgraded with new automated systems to handle the increased 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, vice president of sales and marketing for Intergrow, said in a press 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. Our customers will be able to have locally grown tomatoes on the vine and beefsteak tomatoes delivered within 24 hours of harvest providing the freshest tomatoes possible, even in the middle of winter.”
Intergrow Greenhouses Inc. is one of the larger greenhouse tomato producers in the Northeast, located in New York state along the shores of Lake Ontario. Founded in 1998, Intergrow ships across the Northeast and Midwest with its own fleet of reefer trailers, reducing food miles for retailers and distributors.