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Tomato company proposes facility in Mason City with up to 50 jobs

This news story was published on June 3, 2019.
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MASON CITY – Mayor Bill Schickel announced this morning that tomato producer Bushel Boy Farms wants to build a facility on Mason City’s south side industrial area and the City Council will consider a proposal at its Tuesday night meeting.

Bushel Boy Farms out of Owatonna, Minnesota, is proposing a $35 million facility that could employ up to 50 people.   Bushel Boy Farms, according to its website, “was founded in Owatonna, Minnesota in 1990 with a simple desire to grow fresh, vine-ripened tomatoes year-round. Yes, even in the middle of January.”  They serve grocery stores like Target and Hy-Vee.

Mayor Schickel says the company wants to build along the Avenue of the Saints on an 80-acre plot of land.  They will request a state grant and some city assistance to build a road to the area. He thanked Bushel Boy for considering Mason City for this facility.

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    Allen Reply Report comment

    June 3, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    Sounds like a business that doesn’t produce much waste, stink, or need a lot of resources. The city needs to get this passed, before Bushel Boy changes their minds.