Apr. 8—Little Leaf Farms, a lettuce production company based in Massachusetts, announced Wednesday that it bought land in the McAdoo Industrial Park.
Little Leaf CEO Paul Sellew noted the McAdoo Industrial Park's strategic geographic location and proximity to large metropolitan areas in a news release.
"Northeast Pennsylvania really understands the food business and we are proud to be part of this growing community," Sellew said in the release. "The McAdoo area is a great location to access a number of major markets where we are growing. The NYC metro area, Philadelphia, as well as the entire Mid-Atlantic region, are all growth markets for our company."
Little Leaf is expected to hire around 50 people to run its new greenhouse. According to the release, jobs expected to be available in the McAdoo location will include everything from production managers and associates to maintenance workers and truck drivers.
CAN DO assisted Little Leaf in choosing the McAdoo Industrial Park for its newest location.
"Working with CAN DO has been extremely helpful as we navigate the purchase and construction of our next greenhouse site. Their knowledge of the region is unparalleled and they have been a valuable partner to us throughout the entire process," Sewell said in the release.
CAN DO President and CEO Joseph Lettiere called the marriage of Little Leaf and McAdoo an "ideal fit," citing job creation in the area and Little Leaf's innovative use of technology.
Sewell noted that site preparation is underway with construction of the greenhouse expected to begin this summer. The opening date for the first greenhouse is not set, but is anticipated to be in the first quarter of 2022.