FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – On Friday, Gov. Matt Bevin and Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles congratulated Kentucky Fresh Harvest LLC as Stanford-area officials broke ground on a $10.7 million, 75-job facility to produce cherry tomatoes.
With the start of site preparation in Stanford, Kentucky Fresh Harvests 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.