JEROME, Idaho (KLIX) – A Wood River Valley-based hemp-based insulation manufacturer will build a production facility in Jerome County along the highway starting this fall. Southern Idaho Economic Development said Sun Valley-based Hempitecture Inc. will build a plant at Northbridge Junction, near Interstate 84 and US Highway 93; an inauguration ceremony is scheduled for early October. This is one of the first major trade announcements made since a bill was enacted earlier this year to allow the production and transportation of industrial hemp in Idaho.
âHempitecture brings unique value to Jerome County and the Magic Valley – not only jobs for the business, but new opportunities for our farmers to diversify their rotational crops using less water – in a desert I might add – and a product for our booming housing and commercial construction projects across the state and the Magic Valley! Welcome aboard Hempitecture, âJerome County Commissioner Charlie Howell said in a prepared statement.
The proposed 21,632 square foot facility will construct hemp wool insulation for homes and commercial buildings. The company said the material is naturally high-performance herbal thermal insulation. Company founder and CEO Matthew Mead said in a statement, âJerome is ideally located in southern Idaho, between large acreage hemp cultivation in the western Rockies and major markets of construction in the United States. We are grateful for the community support that made this project possible, and we look forward to being an asset to the region and the insulation industry for many years to come.
Hempitecture Inc. was able to raise $ 2.5 million through Wefunder to help fund the manufacturing plant.
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