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November 18, 2019

We're glad you're visiting our blog, which features regular updates on the progress at Vermillion Growers - our own growth, if you will! 

The billboard pictured above is located where, this time next year, the first phase of our state of the art greenhouse will be nearly complete! Located just off Mountain Road in the north part of the City of Dauphin, Manitoba, our greenhouse will, in early 2021, start producing some of the highest quality vine tomatoes this area has ever seen or tasted! And, with some of our partners, we will be putting those tomatoes from vine to table in 24 hours within Manitoba, Saskatachewan, and Northwest Ontario! 

Construction on our site started at the beginning of September, 2019. Since then, there has been significant progress, even with plenty of rain and some early snow this autumn. Our engineering and construction partners, Horizon Builders, WERI, and Eng-Tech, are keeping everything running smoothly on site. Have a look at some of our progress! 

Aerial photo of site.

Aerial photo of site.

Initial work to build access road.

Initial work to build access road.

The Vermillion Team meeting contractors.

The Vermillion Team meeting contractors.

Site preparation for warehouse foundation.

Site preparation for warehouse foundation.

MLA Brad Michaleski gets a site tour.

MLA Brad Michaleski gets a site tour.

Concrete piles being poured.

Concrete piles being poured.

A Solid Foundation

On November 6 and 7, we poured concrete for the onsite warehouse. This sets a solid foundation for the project and plenty of work for our construction teams for the coming months. 

Speaking of a solid foundation - we want to take this time to thank all of our investors. As of today, we have raised around $23 Million to fund the first phase of our build - the first ten acres, and a good portion of that is from investors who not only believe in the project, but also live in the area. Our tagline of, "growing food, growing people, growing community," is so much more than words, but a true reality in the works, supported by community members. 

If you would like information on our project or would also like to invest, please get in touch with us. And check back here every month as we bring you the latest updates on our growth! 

MANITOBA’S HORIZON BUILDERS AND ENG-TECH SIGN ON WITH VERMILLION GROWERS

 

June 15, 2019 – Dauphin, Manitoba – Horizon Builders out of Brandon and Eng-Tech Consulting Ltd. out of Winnipeg have officially signed on with Vermillion Growers and will be beginning work in the coming weeks. Vermillion first announced its plans to develop a 30-acre state-of-the-art greenhouse facility in 2017 and have been working to meet the many requirements of a project of this scale. The company has maintained their ongoing commitment to building community and with contracts held with Manitoba-based companies, they are right in stride with their Vision & Mission.

“We want to ensure that local Manitoba companies have an opportunity to learn and grow with us as we build Manitoba’s first large-scale, high-tech vegetable greenhouse,” says Maria Deschauer, Managing Director at Vermillion. “We’ve said all along that building community and keeping Manitoba at the forefront is a part of how we conduct business and we are thrilled to have these companies on our team.”

Horizon Builders has been hired as the General Contractor to oversee the entire site build including the warehouse structure and greenhouse facility and had much to say about the uniqueness of the project, keeping things local, and Vermillion as leaders.

“We see this project as the first of many as there will always be a need for fresh produce. Growing up on a farm this type of project really interests me. I see the potential and admire the group for seeing a need in the marketplace and following through on the vision,” says Kelvin Orr, Vice-President and Senior Estimator at Horizon. “It is not always easy to try something out of the norm. But this group has a resiliency that is going to make this successful.”

Eng-Tech has already performed environmental assessment, been responsible for the earthwork design, and Vermillion has signed a contract with them to manage the earthwork construction. In the coming days and weeks, the 60-acre tract of land in Dauphin will see big changes. Deschauer comments that as construction rolls out, Vermillion will begin a more extensive employment opportunity campaign, another exciting element of the project and asks that any interest in employment be directed to their website at www.vermilliongrowers.com

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Official Ground Breaking Ceremony

Thank you so much to the City of Dauphin, Province of Manitoba and to this great Community for coming out to the Official Ground Breaking Ceremony for Vermillion Growers Ltd. We are very excited for the opportunity to grow fresh tomatoes right in the heart of Dauphin, Manitoba – “the City of Sunshine!” Special thanks to the Mayor of Dauphin Al Dowhan, Brad Michaleski , Megan (on behalf of Robert Sopuck), Gerry Wieler, Brad Collette, Carissa Caruk, Larry Budzinski, Gary Tkachuck, Eng-Tech, CKDM, The Dauphin Herald and many more who came out to show their support for the greenhouse! And Thank you to Cafe Trocadero for preparing tasty tomato inspired appetizers!

 

VERMILLION GROWERS

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