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AppHarvest Opening on Schedule

Jul 22, 2020

Construction teams work on the 60-acre AppHarvest greenhouse in Rowan County.
Credit AppHarvest

As many businesses struggle to adjust to CDC guidelines and operating during a global pandemic, one new business in Rowan County is preparing to launch. 

AppHarvest plans to open a 60-acre greenhouse later this year, setting the region up to become an agrotech hub for the eastern half of the United States.

Founder and CEO Jonathan Webb says construction on the greenhouse has not been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, since food safety was already part of the design.  

Webb says the facility will open in two phases just a few months apart, and they are currently interviewing for a few open positions.   He expects to have around 300 people on the team by early next year.