(Delta, OH) Expansion plans at a Delta greenhouse are on hold.
The problem at NatureFresh Farms is certainly not customers for its OhioRed tomatoes and other produce-- it's a lack of employees. The Canadian company just can't seem to attract enough Fulton County workers for its $12 per hour jobs.
Without a large enough workforce, plans to add more greenhouses to its 175-acre site are being put off. NatureFresh needs about 100 more employees to double the size of the 45 acres already under roof.
Among the new hires, many can't pass a drug test for stuff harder than pot. Others simply quit quickly or don't show up at all. The company has even turned to just over 40 guest workers from Honduras and Guatemala, here in the U.S. on visas.