Copperstate Farms LLC announced today (Sept. 12) that it has completed the acquisition of the state-of-the-art 40-acre greenhouse located in the Town of Snowflake in northeastern Arizona from NatureSweet. This facility, initially constructed in 1998 and doubled in size in 2004, was previously operated as a tomato and cucumber cultivation house. Crop production will convert to medical marijuana, a product authorized by Arizona voters in 2010 with the passage of Proposition 203.
“We are very excited to get underway and become one of northeastern Arizona’s largest employers,” said Fife Symington IV, Manager and Founder of Copperstate Farms. “While getting to this point has taken a bit longer than we anticipated, facility renovation will begin immediately.”
Symington said that Copperstate has hired its first five management employees, all of whom are residents of Snowflake or Navajo County. He said he will be naming the operation’s General Manager shortly. During its initial phase of operations, the company will employ over 130 full- time personnel.
“Snowflake and Navajo County have a great employment pool,” Symington stated. “Our goal is to hire around 30 employees every month over the next four months. We plan on having our initial five-acre medical marijuana crop in production by the end of the year.”
Symington thanked the Town of Snowflake, its mayor and council for making economic development in the town a top priority. “The town and its elected officials work very hard to attract and maintain quality jobs. Copperstate Farms shares this commitment with the town. We will be a strong corporate citizen not only as a major employer but by creating new tax revenues for the region and directly investing in the local community.”