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Major Vidalia packing house and land set for auction

March 17, 2017

VIDALIA, Georgia -- The packing house, land and equipment formerly used in the produce operations for Plantation Sweets will be offered in a bank-ordered auction Wednesday, April 26.  These assets were a major part of one of the larger growing and packing operations for Vidalia onions and sweet potatoes in the state of Georgia. 
The modern packing facility has 94,000 square feet of atmospherically controlled area, as well as a 13,350-square-foot shop/equipment shed. Also selling will be parcels of land ranging from 14 to 182 acres and a tract consisting of the processing equipment used in the sorting and packing of onions and sweet potatoes.  
The packing facilities and land are all located in Tattnall County, one of the few counties in the nation that are permitted under federal regulations and state law to market Vidalia onions or Vidalia green onions under the U.S. Certification Mark of Vidalia.
“It’s very rare to see an operation of this size and quality, positioned to grow and market Vidalia onions, go on the market,” said Ken Nofziger, of Murray Wise Associates, which is managing the auction in cooperation with Crosby & Associates and Woltz & Associates. 
The land, located near Cobbtown, includes seven different farms, with approximately 567 farmable acres and 11 irrigation ponds totaling approximately 24 acres. It has 15 pivots and two wells for irrigation. 
“Historically, the operation has grown and packed not only Vidalia onions and sweet potatoes, but also watermelon, corn, cabbage and tobacco,” said Ben Crosby, of Crosby & Associates. “This is a turn-key operation suitable for anybody looking to expand into this niche produce market.”
The packing house includes 20,000 square feet of atmospherically controlled coolers and a 7,200-square-foot hydro cooling room completed in 2015. 
Auction staff will be available from 10 a.m. to noon March 28 and April 12 at the packing house, 1652 Ronny Collins Road, Cobbtown, to provide detailed information and accommodate inspections.
The auction will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 26, at the Hawk’s Point Golf Club, 1801 North Loop Road, Vidalia, Georgia. 
Farming equipment and micro-bins used in the operations will be sold in a separate auction Thursday, April 27. For details, visit weeksauction.com or call 352-351-4951.
Anyone seeking additional information may visit murraywiseassociates.com or crosbydirt.com, or call 800-607-6888. 
Murray Wise Associates LLC, headquartered in Champaign, Illinois, is a leading national agricultural real estate marketing and financial advisory firm, with additional offices in Clarion, Iowa and Naples, Florida.
Crosby & Associates Inc., based in Winter Haven, Florida, provides a full range of land and commercial real estate services throughout the United States, with an emphasis on Florida and the Southeast.
Woltz & Associates, headquartered in Roanoke, Virginia, is a leading auctioneer and broker of homes, land, commercial properties and other high-value real estate nationwide, with an emphasis on the Mid-Atlantic Region.