From Pork to Pot: Cannabis Cultivation in Former Winnipeg Maple Leaf Meat Plant

Article by National Post

Meat Plant Pot 20180516. From pork to pot: Cannabis cultivation in former Winnipeg Maple Leaf meat plant. A marijuana plant is seen before harvesting at a rural area near Corvallis, Ore. in this Sept. 30, 2016 file photo. Winnipeg will soon be home to a new production facility for cannabis. GrowForce Holdings Inc. announced Tuesday it will open its flagship cannabis cultivation facility in St. Boniface Industrial Park. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Andrew Selsky

A Toronto-based pot producer is taking over the former Maple Leaf Foods meat plant in Winnipeg.

GrowForce Holdings has announced it will open its flagship cannabis cultivation facility in the city’s St. Boniface Industrial Park.

It says the 11,000-square-metre facility will employ 150 to 200 people once it’s fully operational next year.

GrowForce CEO Rishi Gautam says the company looked at various cities, including Edmonton and Calgary, but settled on Winnipeg because of reasonable hydro rates and a large skilled workforce.

Gautam says the company purchased the site for about $10 million and plans to invest another $30 million to retrofit the building.

Executive vice-president James Lowe, says the company will produce more than 900 kilograms of cannabis at the Winnipeg facility every month.

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