The 5th episode of "Havecon client speaks..." features Jamie Mastronardi Jr., one of the sons of JEM owner Jamie Mastronardi. Since the winter of 2018/2019 Havecon built almost 28 acres (over 11 hectares) in three different phases for them. The current phase the builder is working on, called R&D, consists of a storage room and an extension of the warehouse.
Jamie Mastronardi Jr driving an ecoation OKO in his greenhouse
Can you tell us a bit more about the history of JEM, Jamie?
My father Jamie Mastronardi, established the company in 1985, starting with 3 acres. The name ‘JEM’ comes from the initials of my dad Ercole and I combined with our last name: Jamie Ercole Mastronardi. We grow different types of vegetables, from (bell) peppers and cucumbers to organic grape tomatoes and beefsteak tomatoes.
The company went quite well and in 1997 we were ready to expand with 3 acres, followed by 8 acres in 2004. Back in 2012 we had our biggest expansion of 14 acres. Until the winter of 2019 when we worked with Havecon for the first time and build 18 acres together.
So the history with Havecon only lasts for a year now?
Yes, it does. But based on the outstanding job both Havecon and Voorwinden did in the first project in the winter of 2019* including HPS lighting for the first time, phase 3 (18 acre greenhouse and 0.5 acre technical space) was built very soon after in summer and autumn of this year. And now we are in the next ‘R&D’ phase consisting of a storage room and expansion of one of the existing greenhouses of over 28 acres in total.
Wow, this is impressive and means business is going well! And so good to read Havecon contributed so much on that!
Absolutely! We are really happy with Havecon as they are always ‘ready to rock’.