Cultiva Farms USA, a partnership between Italy’s Cultiva and American vegetable-and-fruit producer Taylor Farms, completed construction of a cold storage facility in Jennings, Fla. The $10 million facility allows product to be stored, cooled and shipped in Hamilton County rather than being shipped to another location.

The goal of the partnership is to bring specialized Italian growing techniques to the U.S. market, say the two companies, to encourage production of salad crops in the eastern United States. Cultiva Farms will employ 34 workers at the facility.