Copperstate Farms in the news again, making progress

Looking back, it was just a little over a year ago that J. Fife Symington IV announced the intention of Copperstate Farms to purchase the Nutro Sweet Tomato Plant west of Snowflake, and bring 136 average paying jobs with benefits to Snowflake. After much controversy and legal entanglements over the medical marijuana growth facility coming to Snowflake, Copperstate closed on the property in September 2016. Though there have been unanticipated equipment and renovation delays, today Copperstate is pretty-much out-of-sight/out-of-mind, except for those seeking employment — they are finally ramping up hiring at the rate of 10 a week, favoring Navajo County citizens first, as promised.

SNOWFLAKE — About eight months ago, Copperstate Farms closed on the Nature Sweet Tomato Plant facility west of Snowflake, amid great controversy over their proposed medical marijuana growth facility.

Almost totally out-of-sight and out-of-mind today, the only thing making news is they are hiring to the tune of 10 employees per week.

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With 20 plus years media experience, Barbara Bruce is an award winning journalist, senior reporter and monthly columnist for the White Mountain Independent.

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