Silicon Valley-based agriculture tech startup OnePointOne is expanding its corporate and vertical farming production facilities to Avondale.
The 50,000-square-foot facility in the Avondale 107th Industrial Park will be home to OnePointOne’s latest indoor vertical farm, according to a June 22 release.
The technologically advanced cultivation platform they’re building will use automation, artificial intelligence and plant science innovations to continue pushing the industry forward.
“We are on a path to fundamentally rethink how plants are grown, utilized and optimized,” said Sam Bertram, OnePointOne CEO. “We are thrilled to be bringing that mission to Avondale and adding to their growing tech community.”
“Avondale has quickly arisen as a desirable location for high-tech companies thanks to our competitively priced real estate, proximity to major transportation and skilled labor force,” said Kenneth Chapa, Avondale economic development and tourism director. “OnePointOne is an emerging leader in sustainable plant production, and with our partners at the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, we are excited to welcome them to our community.”
OnePointOne’s proprietary vertical farming technology uses 99% less land and water than traditional agriculture, the release stated. Also, the process is 100% free of pesticides, herbicides and harmful chemicals of any kind.
This new facility will act as the production hub for Willo, OnePointOne’s personalized vertical farming service. Willo gives members exclusive access to the farm and its tech through a custom mobile app that allows them to select crops, monitor their growth and enjoy the bounty delivered to their door.
The company will look to hire roughly 70 employees across a range of positions, the release stated.
“OnePointOne’s relocation is a welcome addition to Avondale’s burgeoning technology ecosystem and the latest example of innovative startups choosing the region to scale their operation,” said Chris Camacho, president and CEO of the 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 CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority.
“We’re especially 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 farming is bringing farming back to Avondale in ways that stretch beyond the imagination. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for them.”