Major vertical berry operation gets green light
October 25, 2016 By Dave Harrison
Oct. 25, 2016, Abbotsford, B.C. – Vertical Designs Ltd has just received permits to build one of the most technically advanced strawberry production facilities in North America.
It is being built under the licence agreement with Affinor Growers. Construction will begin in early 2017. The process of finalizing purchase orders required to begin construction and ordering the vertical farming equipment is now underway.
Vertical Designs has also approved the purchase of Pomphrey Industries Corporations’ 25 kW dual axis solar tracker, the largest movable solar power system in the world, to offset strawberry photoperiod energy consumption.
In addition, they will be installing an 11 parameter weather station and remote monitoring package to confirm location specific energy requirements for Vertical Designs’ 11,320 square foot commercial-scale facility.
The facility will consist of a minimum of 24 towers purchased from Affinor Growers for roughly $800,000 that will transfer into significant revenue and profits for the project and further royalty revenue to Affinor Growers under the current licence agreement.
“Vertical Designs would like to publicly thank the City of Abbotsford for the wonderful assistance by city staff and look forward to working with you to turn Abbotsford into the strawberry hub of Canada,” said a company media release.
“As the largest single shareholder of Affinor Growers and the designers of the growing technology, we are 100 per cent committed to this showcase and have no doubt this will be a huge success for the world to see as we only see expansion in the very near future and will likely increase our position in AFI as we move forward,” said Amanda Weber of Vertical Designs Ltd.
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