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Iron Ox to construct new robotic facility in Texas

Iron Ox announces that construction is officially underway for a 535,000 Sq foot indoor hydroponic farm in the city of Lockhart, located at 1205 Reed Drive, Lockhart, TX 78644. A groundbreaking ceremony in partnership with the Economic Development Corporation of Lockhart is scheduled on Tuesday, April 20 at 12:30 p.m. CT.

Once completed, the farm, which sits on 25 acres of agricultural land,  will significantly increase Iron Ox's growing capacity for fresh, clean, and healthy herbs, leafy greens, berries, and vine crops. The state-of-the-art indoor facility will be fully dedicated to growing techniques harnessing the power of robotics and intelligence, enabling Iron-Ox to grow local produce to serve the Texas community. Lockhart is an ideal location for greenhouse agriculture given its ample sunlight, central location near many cities, and it's proximity to several great universities.

The indoor farm is expected to cost over $10 million to develop, with 275,000 square feet of the project anticipated to complete by Q4 2021 and 260,000 square feet of the project anticipated to complete by Q1 2022. The project's General Contractor is Arco Murray National Construction Company, and the Architectural Design Firm is GMA Architects. In total, the project will create over 100 jobs.

"The addition of Iron Ox to the Lockhart business community represents the synergy between our city's storied history in agriculture and our growing technology sector," said Lockhart Mayor Lew White. "The food and beverage processing industry is one of four business sectors Lockhart has targeted in its 5-year economic growth plan. Our city's unique advantages align perfectly with the needs of companies like Iron Ox."

Iron Ox expects to complete their first harvest and to begin delivering sustainable, local produce to select chefs and retailers throughout Texas by the completion of 2021. It is anticipated that Lockhart's hydroponic facility will grow thousands of pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables. Each crop type is cared for by Iron Ox's expert growers and empowered by a robotic growing process ensuring year-round consistency, quality, and flavor.

"We have made it our mission to address food security by developing autonomous greenhouses that grow a variety of local and consistently delicious food for everyone," says Brandon Alexander, Iron Ox CEO & Co-founder. "We're excited to begin the development of our newest indoor farm here in Lockhart—our first out-of-state facility. We look forward to further developing ties to the local community and to expanding our partnerships and distribution channels throughout the state of Texas."

Iron Ox currently operates two hydroponic farms located in Gilroy and San Carlos, California.

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