The company is looking for around 10-15 acres of greenfield land to construct a vertical farm. They are interested in the Southwest and Southeast region of the U.S and are looking for a rural area within reasonable distance to a populated city where they can pull talent from. At the facility, the company will be farming mealworms and producing insect products that will go to pet foods and the farmed fish industry. The facility will require 100 highly skilled employees as the entire manufacturing unit is automated and requires staff from engineers, scientists, and other administrative roles. They plan to add additional employees yearly/ as needed. This is just the beginning of their expansion project across the US and will continue to add more farms as demand increases.
States of Interest
Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia
Regions of Interest
-Close to feedstock – agricultural waste.
-Regional lenders to help with funding.
-Close to an area with a skilled employment pool
-Access to utilities (mainly electricity and natural gas).
-Access to energy and industrial maintenance services.
-Access to rail or port would be a "nice to have" but is not required. They mainly ship their products via trucks, so access to highway/interstate is important.
Qualification Date: 07 Jul 2022
Decision Time Frame: 6 to 12 Months
Submit Before: August 19, 2022 05:00 PM
Initial RFI Submission: August 19, 2022 05:00 PM
The company processes ingredients using insects and supplies pet nutrition and aquaculture feed manufacturers. They currently have facilities in multiple countries and now want to embark on their U.S footprint.