On a growth spurt of its own, vertical farming startup Fifth Season announces second farm location, new leadership hires

On a growth spurt of its own, vertical farming startup Fifth Season announces second farm location, new leadership hires
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Fifth Season, the AI- and robotics-equipped indoor vertical farming startup founded in 2016, announced expansion plans for its second farming facility and the hiring of several tech and food industry executives for leadership roles within the fast-growing Pittsburgh-based company. Following the success of its flagship vertical farm in Braddock, the company is now eyeing Columbus, Ohio, for its second farming facility, which, like its Braddock location, will use end-to-end robotics-assisted automation to grow and harvest various leafy vegetables that are then packaged and sold as salads, mixed greens or in variety packs. The Columbus facility, expected to be operational by 2023, will span 180,000-square-feet, about three times the size of its original location, and will be powered in part with solar energy and an onsite microgrid.

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