Wednesday, February 28, 2024

New business announced in Pulaski Co.

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PULASKI COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) – On Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced a new business is coming to one Southern Kentucky county.

Leaders said Bosch Berries, an international grower and distributor of bell peppers, blackberries and strawberries, will bring a new greenhouse operation to Somerset.

“When life hands you berries, you make the best of the situation. And in the case of Bosch Berries, Pulaski County welcomes them and is very appreciative of their willingness to acquire the property formerly known as AppHarvest,” said Pulaski County Judge/Executive Marshall Todd. “We hope that they will prosper in their new home and grow not only locally sourced products, but also community relationships we can cultivate for generations to come.”

The business is set to invest nearly $50 million and create 28 full-time jobs.

“The growth within Kentucky’s agritech industry has played a key role in the state’s continued economic momentum and prosperity,” Beshear said. “Bosch Berries’ plan to locate its first location in the United States right here in the commonwealth speaks volumes about what our state has to offer. This is an incredible investment for southcentral Kentucky and the Pulaski County community, and I look forward to a long, successful partnership.”

Bosch Berries acquired a previously established AppHarvest facility in Somerset to locate the company’s first greenhouse operation in the United States.

“Our community is excited and appreciative of Bosch Berries for their commitment to the Somerset facility. I firmly believe they will execute on the promise that fresh produce will be grown using state of the art technology for decades to come,” Somerset Mayor Alan Keck added.

Officials said the existing greenhouse has been in operation since November 2022, and is more than 30 acres and can grow approximately one million strawberry plants at a time.

“We are thrilled with the acquisition of the Somerset facility and to become a part of the Somerset community,” said Tijmen and Wouter van den Bosch, co-directors of Bosch Berries. “With some technical changes we have planned for this summer and introducing the best practices we have built through 90 years of greenhouse experience; we will make it one of the most successful greenhouses of its kind. We want to thank all employees and partners who share our belief in better berries, which are tasty, fresh, clean, sustainable and always available. Somerset deserves better berries; Kentucky deserves better berries, and the United States deserves better berries. Be on the lookout in your local grocery store for hydroponically grown strawberries.”

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