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Green Leaf expansion ready to move forward

Medical pot facility to add hundreds of jobs

SAXTON — The expansion project at Green Leaf Medical LLC’s Saxton facility is ready to move forward.

The company has received the funding to commence Phase II at the facility in Saxton — an additional $30 million investment on top of the $13-plus million already invested, according to CEO Phil Goldberg.

“We are really excited about Phase II. It’s a $35 million expansion that will enable us to add hundreds of new jobs and better serve the needs of patients throughout the commonwealth,” Goldberg said in February, when announcing plans for the expansion.

“This is very exciting news for Saxton and Bedford County. The commitment of $30 million to Green Leaf’s phase II expansion is wonderful news, especially as we emerge from the COVID-19 lockdown. It’s a huge investment and a vote of confidence in Bedford County. We are very excited about the creation of hundreds of new jobs.” said Bette Slayton, president of the Bedford County Development Association.

Green Leaf purchased the 274,000-square-foot, former Seton facility in April 2017. It had been vacant for nearly a decade. In 2018, the company received state approval to become a grower-processor of medical cannabis.

Phase I of building renovation included a $15 million investment to upgrade about 100,000 square feet. The company began operations during the summer of 2019 with about 100 new jobs.

Goldberg estimated that Phase II would lead to the creation of about 500 new jobs.

Construction of Phase II is expected to take 13 months and will include a vertical cultivation facility that is expected to increase Green Leaf’s annual production capacity from 10 tons to more than 30 tons per year.

The current operation has nine flower rooms with Phase II adding 48 more flower rooms.

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