Intergrow Sustainable Greenhouses in Webster, NY to Create 100 New Jobs

Intergrow Greenhouses, Inc. is expanding its greenhouse operations in New York State with plans for two new, 25-acre state-of-the-art commercial greenhouses in Webster, NY.

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Intergrow (photo – intergrowgreenhouses.com)

The produce grown will be local, year-round, hydroponically-grown tomatoes, a produce that typically requires warmer, distant climates.

The greenhouses will utilize state-of-the-art and sustainable growing practices, and product packaging will be performed on site. The Webster economic development benefits include the creation of 100 new green jobs, in addition to a steady supply of fresh and locally grown healthy vegetables for residents in the region.

The project also advances a key component of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council’s strategic plan by increasing the region’s agriculture and food production.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said in a statement that “By expanding its operations in the Finger Lakes, Intergrow is driving job growth in a vital sector of our economy while offering New Yorkers greater access to high-quality, locally grown produce.”

Dirk Biemans, CEO of Intergrow Holdings, added that “We continue to see a growing demand for locally grown, year-round produce from our customers and are excited to stay in Western New York where we have found an opportunity in Webster for a greenhouse project to produce this product.”

The company already has an existing greenhouse in Albion, NY. In order to secure this expansion for Webster, state and local agencies are offering an array of tax incentives, grants and loans. New York economic development agency Empire State Development is providing up to $750,000 in Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits, along with a $750,000 capital grant in return for job creation commitments.

The County of Monroe IDA has offered mortgage and sales tax abatements, as well as a 10-year standard PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes). The company is also getting a $400,000 economic development grant from Rochester Gas & Electric to help offset electric infrastructure costs, and Farm Credit East is providing a farm credit loan.

Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said that “With these two new greenhouses, Intergrow will be able to expand its successful tomato production in New York State, create new jobs and supply fresh, healthy vegetables to residents of the region.”

Greater Rochester Enterprise President and CEO Mark S. Peterson noted that “Past positive experiences in our region as well as a qualified site with the necessary gas and electric supply helped insure Intergrow expanded in our community.”

NYSEG and RG&E President and CEO Mark S. Lynch added that “This project is also attractive to us from another perspective: its design incorporates sustainability and that aligns with our focus on environmental stewardship.”

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