Mushroom Farm to Reopen

By: Gadsden County Chamber of Commerce Press Release
By: Gadsden County Chamber of Commerce Press Release

QUINCY, FL (December 20, 2010) – The Gadsden County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the reopening of the mushroom farm. The mushroom farm is located on State Road 267 south of Quincy and had been a vital part of Gadsden County’s economy until its closing in 2008. The previous company, Quincy Farms had employed 490 people and had been in mushroom business since October 1980.

The new owners, Gamboa Brothers of West Grove, Pennsylvania has completed its purchase and is looking forward to their first crop in the Spring of 2011 in the 300,000 square foot facility.

Gamboa Brothers has been in the mushroom business for 20 years and operates four other facilities in Pennsylvania. They are in the shipping, packing and wholesale mushroom distribution business and are look forward to becoming an intricate part of Gadsden County’s business community.

The company is committed in building the operation to its full potential and one of the new owners will be relocating to Gadsden County to manage the Quincy Farms facility.

“This is a great day for Gadsden County” stated David Gardner, Executive Director of the Gadsden County Chamber of Commerce, “I am thrilled to see this facility reopen and am excited about the economic impact this will have in Gadsden County.”

Gardner added that the Chamber had been working diligently since the closing of the operation 24 months ago to find ways to bring this very vital business back to the work force in Gadsden County.

Good strong economic growth for Gadsden County is the primary goal of the Chamber, Gardner stated. He added that the reopening of the mushroom plant would enhance the county’s economic base and most importantly help stimulate the local economy, “by putting people to work.”

“This is win-win situation for the county, our available workforce and the Gamboa Brothers,” Gardner said.

Hiring will begin in March and Gamboa Brothers will be working with WORKFORCE plus for their employment needs. Employment projections are estimated at 200 - 300 within the first year and expected to return to 500 within two years.

Kimberly Moore, Chief Executive Officer of WORKFORCE plus says, “We are excited about the opportunity to offer employment opportunities to the citizens of Gadsden County especially during these challenging economic times. We will work hand-in-hand with Gamboa Brothers to ensure their needs are met.”

“I am proud that the Gamboa Brothers have decided to become a part of our great community. It is my sincere wish to see Gadsden County grow economically and this is certainly a great start with the reopening of the mushroom operation,” Sherrie Taylor, County commission chairperson stated.

Individuals interested in employment assistance should contact WORKFORCE plus at (850) 875-4040. For additional information, please contact David Gardner at the Chamber at or (850) 627-9231.

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  • by David Location: Jacksonville on Sep 18, 2011 at 07:33 AM
    Welcome back. Thank you for opening this business back up. Tips: Make smart decission on your larger assets such as equipment and buildings. Think long term value,durability and safety. The best asset of any business is the employees. Treat them fairly and your company will prosper with others die on the vine.
  • by bILLY W on Dec 22, 2010 at 07:54 AM
  • by Anonymous Location: TALLAHASSEE on Dec 22, 2010 at 06:14 AM
    What difference does it make with all the other company's closing. The oldest building supplier in Tallahassee is closing after 64 years. What's wrong with town?
  • by HARD WORK Location: QUINCY on Dec 21, 2010 at 06:42 PM
    Quincy Farms was a good place to work, yes some of the people was being treated unfair, and yes there was a lot of things that I know was going on that was wrong for what the people was going through, like people that worked hard to make more money, but other people was giving the postions because of favortism or because of poor management, mangament was really awful there was really hard working people there who worked everyday,even on their off-days,and they also was mistreated, so in closing ,IF THEY DON'T CHANGE THE MANAGENT AND HUMAN RESOURCE THINGS WILL ONLY FAIL AGAIN,PLEASE TAKE THIS ADVICE BECAUSE GOD CLOSED THOSE DOORS ONCE HE WILL DO IT AGAIN.....SO IF YOU WANT THE FARM TO SUCCEED TALK TO PAST EMPLOYEES AND LISTEN TO THERE COMMENTS...
  • by IM4FSU Location: Tallahassee on Dec 20, 2010 at 08:31 PM
    Just a few tips: 1. Treat the workers well. Otherwise, they will be tempted to be brainwashed by some slick-talking union organizer again. (Ask the laid-off workers how fast the union packed up and left town with pockets full of union dues.) 2. Management needs to be made up of people who are committed to the success of the farm rather than based on nepotism, favoritism, and intimidation. 3. When employees ask a new insurance representative if dental is available, and he glances at management before saying there was no demand for it, it's obvious what is really going on. See #1. 4. When an investment plan rep is brought in and advises employees to invest in stocks, but not the stocks of your own freakin' company, that's just sad. 5. The front office needs to practice basic business management. When some lady in there can skim $160,000 and it isn't even noticed until an audit AFTER the place shuts down, it makes one wonder who is in charge up there. Oops, outa room, Good Luck! CWR
  • by Anonymous on Dec 20, 2010 at 06:16 PM
    Gamboa Brothers??
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