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Farm to bring 200 jobs to Sunnyside

Port of Sunnyside inks land deal

— A Western Washington company will bring 200 jobs to the area and invest $25 million in the community.

That’s the result of a land deal Port of Sunnyside commissioners approved Friday with Olympia-based Ostrom’s Mushroom Farms.

The company agreed to buy 25 acres for $500,000, with the option to buy another 15 acres for $525,000, according to the contract.

The option calls for Ostrom’s to buy up to an additional 20 acres.

The land is near the corner of Duffy and Midvale roads.

“This expansion represents a significant investment by Ostrom’s in our community and will have a positive economic impact throughout our valley,” Port Executive Director Jay Hester said.

The company is pledging an investment of more than $25 million in Sunnyside. That includes building 48 grow rooms, a new compost site and creating more than 200 new jobs, Ostrom President David Knudsen said.

The farm will replace production that was lost when the company’s Everson farm closed, he said.

“This is a strategic expansion that will enable us to replace lost production with a more technologically advanced and efficient farm,” Knudsen said. “The site is large enough to accommodate future growth.”

Ostrom’s has been growing mushrooms, including white, crimini and portabella since 1928.

Hester said the company’s expansion to Sunnyside is creating a new marketplace.

“Ostrom’s isn’t just a new company opening shop in our valley,” he said. “It’s an entirely new industry.”

Yakima County Development Association Executive Director Jonathan Smith worked with the Port of Sunnyside after receiving the project lead from the state Department of Commerce.

“We immediately thought what a great fit the Yakima Valley would be for Ostrom,” Smith said. “We have a strong agricultural sector with a trained workforce.”

Ostrom’s reviewed sites throughout the county, but eventually settled on the Port of Sunnyside location.

“Sunnyside was just a good all-around fit for what we were looking for,” Knudsen said.

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