Automated Indoor Farm Pilot to be built in the City of Saginaw Specialized Services utilized to design scaled demonstration
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich., Aug. 23 2021 — Agrolytics Corp, a Midland-based company developing vertical farming technology, has partnered with the Saginaw Youth Development Corporation (YDC) to build an automated indoor farm pilot. The pilot will be the basis for a future, and much larger scale indoor farm, to be built for YDC's Food Scarcity Initiative.
“Our technology allows growers to operate closer to the consumer, in secured locations, urban food deserts and extreme climate with a vision to enable any crop to be grown anywhere,” said Bob Cummer, President + CEO of Agrolytics. “We are excited to use our skillset to make an impact on our community and will be using the specialized services to enable our software technology while assisting us with a scaled demonstration of the farm.”
The founders of Agrolytics have over 30 years of experience in the design, implementation, and maintenance of process control systems, while specializing in turnkey controlled environmental agricultural vertical farming solutions.
“Supporting innovation and entrepreneurship is crucial for the development of any community,” said Tony Stamas, President + CEO of Midland Business Alliance (MBA). “The advancement of companies like Agrolytics follows the MBA’s business strategy for Midland, in which we will continue to promote an environment for business investment and growth.”
The pilot farm will utilize Agrolytics Recipe-based Ecosystem for Agricultural Processes (REAP) system, which brings process control technology to indoor farming, ensuring that each farm achieves the highest yield by controlling all elements of the grow process, while reducing energy usage and cost. It is engineered to fit any size vertical farm - from a small room to a large warehouse.
“This step is a significant milestone for Agrolytics proven technology and will take them to the next level, ultimately leading them towards additional customers in this transformative industry,” said Erin Strang, President + CEO of Central Michigan University Research Corporation (CMURC). “By executing this development, they will move to larger scale production and be one step closer to creating a sustainable business for our region.”
The design of the scaled farm demonstration will be made possible through services provided by CMURC in partnership with the MBA as part of the Michigan SmartZone network. CMURC and the MBA were awarded Business Accelerator Funds (BAF) to provide additional professional services on behalf of client company Agrolytics. The program is administered by the Michigan Small Business Development Center (MISBDC) in partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).
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