Wayne County grows more apples than almost any other place in the nation, yet it’s expected to be known for another product soon.
On Wednesday, the Wayne County Industrial Development Agency is holding a public hearing at 9:30 a.m. in Ontario Town Hall at 1850 Ridge Road. The hearing is related to an estimated $38 million plan to develop greenhouse operations on 122 acres off of Route 104 for Intergrow, a tomato-growing company. The project is expected to employ more than 100 when completed.
Intergrow produces local, year-round, hydroponically grown tomatoes on a site in Albion, Orleans County, and had originally planned to build another major complex in Webster, Monroe County. However, opposition in the town resulted in the company proposing to move the operation to neighboring Ontario in Wayne County.
Intergrow’s greenhouses utilize state-of-the-art and sustainable growing practices. Its products — which include tomatoes on the vine, beefsteaks and mixed medleys — can be found in regional grocery stores, including Wegmans and Aldi.