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Vertical farming facility in Avondale

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Silicon Valley-based agricultural tech startup OnePointOne is expanding its vertical and corporate agricultural production facilities in Avondale.

The 50,000 square foot facility in Avondale’s 107th Industrial Park will house OnePointOne’s last indoor vertical farm, according to a June 22 statement.

The technologically advanced cultivation platform they are building will use innovations in automation, AI and plant science to continue to drive the industry forward.

“We are on the right track to fundamentally rethink the way plants are grown, used and optimized,” said Sam Bertram, CEO of OnePointOne. “We are excited to bring this mission to Avondale and add to their growing tech community. “

“Avondale has quickly established itself as a prime location for high-tech businesses with our competitively priced real estate, proximity to major transportation and a skilled workforce,” said Kenneth Chapa, Managing Director economic development and tourism in Avondale. “OnePointOne is an emerging leader in sustainable crop production, and together with our partners at the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, we are delighted to welcome them to our community. “

OnePointOne’s proprietary vertical farming technology uses 99% less land and water than traditional farming, the statement said. In addition, the process is 100% free from pesticides, herbicides and harmful chemicals of any kind.

This new facility will serve as the production center for Willo, OnePointOne’s personalized vertical farming service. Willo gives members exclusive access to the farm and its technology through a personalized mobile app that allows them to select crops, monitor their growth and enjoy the premium delivered to their doorstep.

The company will seek to hire around 70 employees in a range of positions, the statement said.

“The relocation of OnePointOne is a welcome addition to Avondale’s burgeoning tech ecosystem and the latest example of innovative startups choosing the region to grow their operations,” said Chris Camacho, president and CEO of Greater Phoenix Economic Council.

“OnePointOne’s selection of Avondale for this significant investment, which will create more than 70 jobs, once again demonstrates our state’s ideal attractiveness for technology and innovation,” said Sandra Watson, president and chief executive officer. the leadership of the Arizona Commerce Authority.

“We are particularly excited about the innovative business concepts that OnePointOne and Willo have to offer,” said Avondale Mayor Kenn Weise. “As a city whose history is rooted in agriculture, OnePointOne’s approach to sustainable agriculture brings agriculture back to Avondale in a way that is beyond imagination. We can’t wait to see what the future holds.