WP Rawl, Pelion, S.C., opened the doors to its Bunnell, Fla., processing facility.

In 2013, WP Rawl first broke ground on the farming and packing shed operation, which included a 34,000-square-foot facility. Due to increase in demand of both conventional and organic product offerings, the company added acreage in January 2017. Less than three years later, WP Rawl added its first value-added processing line within the original 34,000-square-foot facility.

The entire production line was built with sustainability in mind, utilizing 75% of existing equipment originally used at the main headquarters in Pelion. The new line will support current production capacities as well as offset growing demand for fresh leafy greens.

“Processing in Florida is scheduled to run from now until the first week in January,” says Ashley Rawl, vice president of sales, marketing and product development. “Our ultimate goal would be to make processing continue in Florida year-round. We are excited about the benefits of growing, harvesting, processing and shipping within the same state.”