Greenhouse Project to Bring 80 Jobs to Berlin
North Country Growers’ proposed Berlin facility to supply locally-grown produce to grocers and restaurants
BERLIN, N.H. – A proposal to build two large-scale greenhouses on East Milan Road will supply tomatoes and salad greens to restaurants and grocery stores across New England, bringing roughly 80 jobs to the region. North Country Growers LLC, has presented its proposal to build two greenhouses, each about 10-acres in size, to city leaders. And so far, the project has been well received.
“We’ve had enormous support from the city and the surrounding area,” said Marguerite Piret, Chief Financial Officer of the company. In recent months, North Country Growers has been working with the City of Berlin and state agencies to secure the permits required to meet state and local regulations. The goal is to begin construction this spring and to launch operations a year from then.
North Country Growers is focused on being environmentally friendly and efficient from design of the greenhouses through delivery. By using tools like recycling rainwater, continuously recycling nutrients, and distributing its product locally to save on transportation fuel use, North Country Growers, and its parent company American Ag Energy, have a strong environmental track record.
“This is locally grown food,” said Piret. “It has an advantage over other produce you buy in the winter time that’s been grown in California or Mexico. This food will not travel far, since we’ll be selling it entirely in the Northeast.”
After construction, the North Country Growers greenhouse project will employ roughly 80 people in a variety of jobs, including crop managers and staff, as well as packaging, shipping, security and maintenance staff. The facility will be overseen by a head grower with extensive agricultural experience. The greenhouses will continuously grow produce all year long. The facilities will also provide a bright and warm work environment for employees, a benefit during the North Country’s cold winter months, said Piret.
North Country Growers is a subsidiary of American Ag Energy, a Boston, Mass.-based company. This project is the first for North Country Growers. Piret said they looked at many locations for the first facility, and found the property in Berlin beneficial for its location, proximity to a good sized workforce population, and the reception the company received from the community.
“We want to locate in a welcoming community, and Berlin has been very receptive to the kind of project we want to bring to the city,” said Piret.