First organic blueberry packing plant in Eastern Washington
GRANDVIEW, Wash. -- A new packing plant opens up in Grandview and it's the first of it's kind for Eastern Washington.
It's the first packing plant for organic blueberries in Eastern Washington and it was built in record time. Crews do a final round of clean-up at the building on Thursday it's located in the Port of Grandview.
Olsen Brothers Ranches searched for a place to build a food packing and processing facility, the Port and City of Grandview made that happen quickly, the building construction took just two months.
Dave McFadden, with New Vision, said it's this kind of partnership that makes business growth possible.
"You don't typically build a plant in two, two and a half months and between the Port and the City these guys had their permits in days rather than weeks," said McFadden.
McFadden also said the organic blueberry industry is on the upswing in Eastern Washington and Olson Brothers are ahead of the curve. The new facility will employ around 35 seasonal workers this year.
Expansion is possible as well, the blueberry packing only takes-up a small portion of the building.