Red Sun Farms Joins Ohio Proud Program
- by Eva Roethler
WAPAKONETA, OH – Expanding on its commitment to the Ohio community, Red Sun Farms’ has recently joined the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s “Ohio Proud” program. This program was developed to promote Ohio-made and grown goods throughout the state.
“We are thrilled to be the latest organization joining the Ohio Proud family. More and more of our retail and food service partners are stressing the importance of locally grown produce. At each of our locations, we take great pride in immersing ourselves in the local community to provide the best local produce. Joining Ohio Proud was a natural step in integrating Red Sun Farms into the Ohio community and spirit,” said Harold Paivarinta, Director of Sales and Business Development for Red Sun Farms, according to a press release.
Red Sun Farms broke ground on its newest greenhouse and distribution center back in June and construction is on schedule in Wapakoneta. The company expects to start the hiring process this fall, with an anticipated 400 positions to fill, and plant its first crop in early 2017. In the future, the operation may span over 200 acres within the next 7-10 years.
Lori Panda of Ohio Proud is excited to have Red Sun Farms building a facility right in the center of the state, saying, “Ohio Proud is excited to welcome one of our newest partners, Red Sun Farms, to the program. Our mission is to promote food and agricultural product that is at least 50 percent grown, raised or processed in Ohio. Red Sun Farm’s newest greenhouse is an Ohio-based farm operation that will provide retailers in the Buckeye state fresh produce year round. Their operation will be a great asset to the agriculture industry, and we are certainly looking forward to seeing Red Sun Farms product in grocery stores with the Ohio Proud logo.”
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