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Kamuela Vacuum Cooling Plant to be Upgraded With CIP Funds

November 1, 2021, 2:36 PM HST
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Upgrades to the Kamuela Vacuum Cooling Plant will be made with $700,000 in State Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funds released by Gov. David Ige.

Beyond upgrades, work on the facility will include the demolition of a warehouse and the clearing of related environmental hazards, according to a release from the Hawai´i House of Representatives.

“The Kamuela Vacuum Cooling Plant is an important resource for area farmers to chill and pack produce to transport to market. The cooperative is working with the State to improve the facility to meet food safety requirements and expand capacity to service even more agricultural producers from the region,” said Big Island Rep. David Tarnas. “This project will improve environmental conditions at the facility by removing an old warehouse and structure that is no longer useful and may contain hazardous materials.”

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