If you are staying up to date with the hemp industry in America, you probably know that Hemp, Inc. is in the last stages of reassembling the Temafa decortication plant in the 70,000 sq. foot warehouse of Industrial Hemp Manufacturing LLC, located in Spring Hope, North Carolina. When up and running at full capacity, the plant will be able to process 40 million pounds of industrial hemp fiber processing per year.
It may seem like it’s taking a long time to get the plant up and running, however, the plant reconstruction is ahead of schedule. Building a plant of this magnitude would normally take up to 4 years to construct. Hemp, Inc. is looking at accomplishing this in about 2 years. (See recent video updates)
To get a perspective on the time it takes build a processing facility of this size, let’s take a look at a recent story about an industrial hemp fiber processing company in Canada. This story was published June 2 from Western Producer, a new online.
According to the article, Plains Hemp in the Manitoba Parkland region may soon open its doors for industrial hemp fiber processing. However it has taken six years and more than $5 million in taxpayer dollars to get it to this point
In 2010 the Federal and Manitoba governments announced they would provide $5.3 million in funding for the project. The federal government contributed the bulk of the funding of $4.775 million.
At that time, Robert Jin, President of Plains Industrial Hemp Processing (the parent company), and a Chinese businessman with experience in the textile industry, predicted that the plant would open shortly.
However, the plant’s official opening has been delayed, many times, because of issues with machinery imported from China and failure to satisfy Canadian construction standards. There were also electrical and wiring issues that resulted in the need to re-wire most of the plant at a very high cost.
At this time they are about 75 percent complete – 6 years later. When operational, in 2017, the plant will process up to 40,000 hemp bales per year and eventually employ about 30 people. Plains Hemp plans to process hemp fiber for textiles, building materials, animal bedding and other products.
Hemp, Inc.’s Industrial Hemp Fiber Processing Plant
Back to Industrial Hemp Manufacturing Plant (Hemp, Inc. wholly owned subsidiary). The company has been privately funded and is scheduled to have the plant operational for industrial hemp fiber processing to produce its first products this year. Discussions are underway with major companies for oil spill absorbent materials, animal products, lost circulation material, textiles, CDBs and more.
With the industrial hemp industry speculated to take off this year, Hemp Inc. will be in position with the largest fiber processing plant in America. Even with its processing capabilities of up to 40 million pounds of industrial hemp fiber per year, the company already anticipates completing sales for this inventory long before it is processed. There is a high demand in the U.S. for American made fiber.
To recap how long it takes to build an industrial hemp fiber processing plant these two examples should provide a clear picture that it’s not an overnight process.
The one company that says it will process 40,000 bales of industrial hemp has already taken 6 years and is still not complete. They had many unforeseen roadblocks to overcome, including electrical issues.
Hemp, Inc. with a 40,000,000 pounds (that’s 40 Million pounds) per year capacity is clearly a much larger plant. Their estimated time for completion is around the 2 year mark, even with the many unforeseen roadblocks such as weather conditions, new state electrical regulations and more.