US$ 11.25 milion to repair 20 acres of the Marfa greenhouse, fund start up
Village Farms settles insurance claim on its Texas greenhouse operations
Michael DeGiglio, CEO of the Company stated, "We are pleased to have reached this fair and equitable settlement. In our 25 year history, we have never experienced such a catastrophic weather event, nor handled a claim of this magnitude, so we are thankful to have this completed and hope that it never occurs again. The catastrophic hail storm event took tremendous fortitude and perseverance from many employees across multiple disciplines over the last fifteen months and we are extremely proud of all they have accomplished."
"While later than we had planned, this settlement will allow us to commence and complete repairs on 20 acres of the Marfa greenhouse, as well as provide sufficient proceeds to fund its start up. We expect to have the facility operational in the spring/summer of 2014. When these acres are completed; 75% of the damaged acres (60 of the 80 damaged acres) will be repaired and producing, resulting in the Company having 130 producing acres in Texas and 110 acres in British Columbia. This will allow for the fulfillment of our growing retailer demand as well as provide incremental production area for the growing demand of our new exclusive varieties. We have completed a number of challenges over the past year and remain motivated and steadfast to continue our growth ahead."