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Plant to pack and store blueberries in Polk County

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Randy Knapp Randy Knapp
POLK COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

A new state of the art storage and packing facility is now in operation in Auburndale in Polk County.  And, this is just the first step in what promises to be an economic boom for that part of the county. 

Randy Knapp with Five Star Family Growers bought 260 acres to grow blueberries on the property.  He plans to use the storage and packing facility to also service local farmers, and farmers across the country. 

The goal is to produce and pack more than a million pounds of fresh blueberries every season.  Knapp says the plant will eventually employ more than a dozen workers. 

Five Star is partnering with Alpine Fresh to market the facility, and county officials say a key factor in making this dream a reality is the public private partnership that now exists.

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