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MN-based Bushel Boy may expand into Iowa

Mason City Mayor Bill Schickel announced Monday that Owatonna, Minnesota-based Bushel Boy is planning a $35 million project that could deliver 50 jobs.

MASON CITY, Iowa — Mason City's mayor says a Minnesota tomato grower is proposing to build a hydroponic facility in a Mason City industrial park.

Mayor Bill Schickel announced Monday that Owatonna, Minnesota-based Bushel Boy is planning a $35 million project that would occupy about 80 acres and could bring 50 new jobs to Mason City.

The city would have to pay about $223,000 for its 20 percent share of the cost to build a two-lane road for the facility, with the state of Iowa covering the rest of the cost if a development grant is approved. 

The city also would have to extend water and sewer lines to the site.