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BrightFarms opens new ‘local food’ facility


July 28, 2016
By Dave Harrison

July 28, 2016, Rochelle, Ill. – Miami-based Dominion Builders has completed a state-of-the-art hydroponic greenhouse.

The $10 million facility, known as BrightFarms Chicagoland Greenhouse, was constructed for BrightFarms, Inc.

The much-anticipated 177,441-square-foot hydroponic farm, which is approximately 80 miles west of Chicago, will grow over one million pounds of fresh salad greens, herbs and tomatoes per year exclusively for Roundy’s Supermarkets, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Kroger Co.

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“We are very proud that BrightFarms entrusted our firm to be part of this cutting edge project,” said Mark Gemignani, president of Dominion Builders.

“This is our second time working for BrightFarms. We are thrilled to deliver these projects, which are revolutionizing the produce supply chain and reducing the carbon footprint of agriculture by growing locally and getting produce to market faster and fresher.”

In order to maintain fast track schedule, Dominion managed the construction of the project through subzero temperatures in the span of eight months.

INTERNATIONAL EXPERTISE

The project was completed with extensive coordination of an international team of professionals and specialists from the United States, Canada and the Netherlands.

The greenhouse will use 80 per cent less water, and 90 per cent less land and shipping fuel compared to traditional farming.

BrightFarms Chicagoland Greenhouse hosted its First Harvest Celebration earlier this month.


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