Confluent Energies is proud to select Havecon Horticultural Projects and the Atrium Agri Consortium to design, engineer, and construct its first innovative vegetable production facility in Massena, New York. The full investment for the upcoming first phase, in addition to phases two through four, will be approximately $250 million USD combined.
Confluent Energies' Massena operation will be among North America's most sustainable, large-scale, controlled-environment agriculture producers. Upon completion, the complex will consist of four 10-acre greenhouses, growing leafy green vegetables with its primary focus on lettuce. Confluent Energies will be able to supply a market of 110 million consumers within one-day delivery.
As Havecon CEO Henk Verbakel explains, "Our entire industry has been shifting towards this trend of bringing lettuce production towards the East Coast. This will help to increase the level of food safety and will allow for more locally grown produce coming out of safe and temperature-controlled facilities. The technology our Atrium Agri Group and partners supply will allow Confluent Energies to be on grocery shelves year-round with a premium product".
Phase one will begin production in the second half of 2023. Phases two, three, and four are scheduled to come online in 2024, 2025, and 2026, respectively. To quote the CEO Dennis Bunnell of Confluent Energies, Inc. on choosing Havecon: "Choosing Havecon was an easy choice for us. They have proven their commitment to the North American market and have continued to show us behind the scenes that they have the right teams and capabilities to design and build such an advanced growing facility".
Confluent Energies, Inc. has secured preferred energy pricing in a Preservation Power allocation from the New York Power Authority to provide sustainable hydroelectric power from its St. Lawrence River FDR power plant.
Havecon has worked towards an optimal design for the facility in upstate New York and will engineer multiple facilities in this location that will provide consumers with superior produce while utilizing the most advanced, environmentally friendly technologies to offer products that are "Good for You and Good for Mother Nature™."