Chinook Greenhouse

Canada: 60,000 square foot addition to meet growing demand for trees

A Flats-area greenhouse in Canada will expand this winter to meet growing market demand from tree-reforestation companies.

The municipal planning commission approved development permit for Chinook Greenhouse’s 60,000-square-foot addition. That will add about 20 per cent of growing space to the operation located on Bridge Street when the expansion is built by next spring.

Owner Carson Pancoast told the News that total annual production will increase to 16 million seedlings which are bought and planted by forestry companies after they log areas in Alberta and British Columbia.

“Business has been very strong and there is a shortage of greenhouse space for seedlings (across the industry),” said Pancoast. “Right now our construction costs are a little higher, but market is really good, so we’re moving ahead.”

The project will see the east side of the existing 300,000 square-foot greenhouse expanded outward onto land owned by the company.

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