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$50 million indoor farm to be built in growing Brooks community

SAN ANTONIO – A multimillion-dollar indoor natural farm will quickly sprout up in southeast San Antonio.

Soli Organic Inc. is constructing a $50 million indoor farm and packing facility in the Brooks community close to Interstate 37 and Loop 410.

“Soli Organic has launched an initiative throughout the country where they’re really investing and building their plants in designated opportunity zones,” mentioned Leo Gomez, president and CEO at Brooks.

The alternative zone designation at Brooks connects main employers to areas with decrease incomes and helps create jobs in the world.

“The more employers we bring in that not only have the higher-end jobs and the higher-paying jobs but jobs that pay a salary that takes them out of poverty and gives them a good health care package,” mentioned Gomez.

The farm is predicted to result in 100 jobs to the world and produce about 5 million kilos of produce each year that can be shipped to regional and nationwide grocers.

“A lot of people from the skilled trades, skill technicians and such, will be filling those kinds of positions,” mentioned Gomez.

According to a information launch, the Brooks farm will be built on 100,000 sq. ft and embrace six vertical layers of manufacturing capability and a further 40,000 sq. ft of processing.

The farm will be Texas’s first high-tech, automated indoor farm and packing facility.

“I’m excited that Soli Organics saw the assets that make up Brooks, what we’re making and building a true community,” mentioned Gomez. “That we are in the process of developing not only for its own immediate needs but for the surrounding region.”

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