Hemp company opens 75,000-square-foot processing facility in Alabama

An Alabama hemp company has opened a 75,000-square-foot extraction and processing facility near the Georgia border, with plans to speed manufacturing the region.

Arbor Vita8 announced the opening of the plant Monday, saying the new facility aims to “bolster this region’s efforts to be a significant contributor and leader in the hemp industry.”

The processing facility located in Phenix City will have advanced technologies to increase production, the company said. Technologies include an industrial hemp dryer that can dry 10,000 pounds of biomass in an hour and an industrial extractor capable of extracting 5,000 pounds per day of crude, distillate, THC-free distillate and more, according to Arbor Vita8.

“In order for the industry to be successful, everyone needs to be winning. That means farmers grow crops they can get processed, processors can process quality biomass they can sell to manufacturers, and manufacturers get a great value on quality extract for use in their products,” said Jason Sirotin, Arbor Vita8 CEO.