Camarillo facility sells to cannabis company, terminates 486 employees

August 4, 2021


An indoor tomato and cucumber facility will cease operations at its Camarillo greenhouse by the end of September and lay off 486 workers in the lead-up to a cannabis business taking over the property. This is slated to be the largest cannabis cultivation facility in the United States.

Houweling’s Tomatoes is vacating its facility at 645 Laguna Road as part of a sales agreement with the new owner of the 125-acre property. The tomato and cucumber grower expects to permanently layoff 486 workers, the majority of whom work in the greenhouse.

The layoffs will begin on Aug. 8. Houweling’s expects most or all of the employees to be laid-off by Sept. 30, according to notice the company filed with the state of California and Ventura County.

Houweling’s opened its Camarillo greenhouse in 1996, and has since expanded the facility from 20 to 125 acres. The grower also has greenhouses in Utah and British Columbia.

The employees facing layoffs are not union members, and no one has “bumping rights” to replace a less-senior worker at another location, according to the company’s filing.


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Jorge Estrada

Camarillo Gold??? Not a statue of a General or a President in the middle of town, it will be El Chapo for is insight to success and how to build wealth. You can’t make this stuff up, sad, sad, sad.


California is going to pot, and that’s no joke.


I have been rethinking my pro legalization vote.


Too late now isn’t it, people that voted for this put all the burden of the fallout on the rest of us, the taxpayer, the dope deal sucked from the get go.