Ag-tech startup OnePointOne is expanding its corporate and vertical farming production facilities to Avondale
The 50,000-square-foot facility in the Avondale 107th Industrial Park will be home to OnePointOne’s latest indoor vertical farm. The technologically advanced cultivation platform will utilize automation, AI and plant science innovations to continue pushing the industry forward.
“We are on a path to fundamentally rethink how plants are grown, utilized and optimized,” said Sam Bertram, OnePointOne CEO. “We are thrilled to be bringing that mission to Avondale and adding to their growing tech community.”
Kenneth Chapa, Avondale’s economic development and tourism director, said Avondale has quickly arisen as a desirable location for high-tech companies, thanks to its competitively priced real estate, proximity to major transportation, and skilled labor force.
“OnePointOne is an emerging leader in sustainable plant production, and with our partners at the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, we are excited to welcome them to our community,” he added.
OnePointOne’s proprietary vertical farming technology uses 99% less land and water than traditional agriculture. Also, the process is 100% free of pesticides, herbicides and harmful chemicals of any kind.
This new facility will act as the production hub for Willo, OnePointOne’s personalized vertical farming service. Willo gives members exclusive access to the farm and its tech through a custom mobile app that allows them to select crops, monitor growth and enjoy the bounty delivered to their door. The company will look to hire roughly 70 employees across a range of positions.
“OnePointOne’s relocation is a welcome addition to Avondale’s burgeoning technology ecosystem and the latest example of innovative startups choosing the region to scale their operation,” said Chris Camacho, president and chief executive officer of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.
Sandra Watson, president and chief executive officer of the Arizona Commerce Authority, said OnePointOne’s selection of Avondale for this investment, which will create more than 70 jobs, once again demonstrates the state’s ideal attractiveness for technology and innovation.
“We’re especially excited about the innovative business concepts that OnePointOne and Willo have to offer,” said Avondale Mayor Kenn Weise. “As a city whose history is rooted in agriculture, OnePointOne’s approach to sustainable farming is bringing farming back to Avondale in ways that stretch beyond the imagination. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for them.”