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Hemp operation to create dozens of jobs in the Village of Newark

May 29, 2019
Originally published on May 28, 2019 11:59 pm

The Village of Newark will be getting dozens of jobs and a big investment thanks to the recent interest in hemp-related products.

A Colorado-based company, called Honest Pharm Co, is moving a hemp-producing facility into a vacant greenhouse in that Wayne County village as part of a $7 million investment.

According to Newark Mayor Jonathan Taylor, Honest Pharm Co plans to add 60 to 80 good paying jobs.

“In that investment they’re going to put in a state of the art lab and they’re looking to partner with Finger Lakes Community College for job training and Cornell University and other colleges throughout the state on the research and development side,” Taylor told WXXI News.

Taylor notes that the greenhouse the Colorado company is buying used to be occupied by Jackson and Perkins and Newark Florist, and it has been vacant for more than a decade.

“To  have a facility in our community, that has sat vacant for most of the last 10 to 12 years, is a win for us, to have somebody come and invest that kind of money in our community and to create those jobs,” Taylor said.

Some jobs will be created soon, but the entire expansion is expected to take about 18 months to complete.

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