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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (850) 627-9231.