With a bocce ball court and solar panels on the roof, The Tofurky Company of Hood River (the business name for Turtle Island Foods) is throwing open the doors for public tours of its new manufacturing plant during the weekend of Sept. 6-8.
The facility, expected to start operations in early 2014, will be only the second food processing plant in the United States to meet top-level design standards under the LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) program developed by the U.S. Green Building Council.
The new Tofurky facility has earned a Platinum LEED rating. That also means it is only the sixth such facility in the world.
Tofurky is a global leader in plant-based protein alternatives to meat. The new facility is under construction on the Hood River waterfront, just south of Waterfront Park.
According to a company media release, “environmental features of the new building include a roof top array of 400 solar panels capable of producing over 100 kWh of electricity per year, a free solar powered electric car charging station and a “green” roof with a bocce court.
Use of recycled materials throughout the building will make it 34 percent more energy-efficient and 40 percent more efficient in the use of water than required under Oregon Code.
The company invites the public to tour the building and sample Tofurky products on Saturday, Sept. 7 (schedule follows). Local musicians will perform in the parking lot, an event the company is calling “Tofurkyfest”.
People also may sign up for vegetarian cooking classes, a disc golf tournament, rooftop bocce tournament and a four course gourmet vegan banquet and dance by going online.
Michael Greger, a leading proponent of plant based diets from Washington, D.C., will speak during the Saturday night banquet.
Seth Tibbott, The Tofurky Company founder, celebrated the milestone in the news release:
“Though I had a hunch 33 years ago that plant based foods would one day be more popular, it’s safe to say that this company and this new plant are beyond my wildest dreams.”
Independent and family-run, The Tofurky Company makes 36 different kinds of refrigerated and frozen meat alternatives. All Tofurky ingredients are meat free, non-genetically modified, and based on organic soy protein. Products include deli slices, holiday roasts, gourmet sausages and a new frozen line of Tofurky Pockets, Quiche and a Pot Pie.
Schedule of Sept. 7 Public Activities
10 am to 4pm — New Tofurky Plant … General public tours begin
10 am — New Tofurky Plant … Bocce Tournament begins
12 pm to 2pm — New Tofurky Plant … Food and drinks served
12 pm to 2 pm — New Tofurky Plant … Ben Bonham Trio, multi-genre steel guitar
2 pm — New Tofurky Plant … Dedication of Electric Car Charging Station
2:15 pm — New Tofurky Plant … James Curley Guitar Virtuoso