U.S. contractors say hemp giant GenCanna owes them $13 million


A group of developing contractors say American hemp giant GenCanna, primarily based in Kentucky, owes them $13 million for perform performed at the company’s planned processing facility at Mayfield, in the western portion of the state. The contractors final week filed 19 liens in the regional county clerk’s workplace.

The liens have been filed against house owned by the Industrial Authority of Mayfield-Graves County which is below lease to GenCanna International, a single of the USA’s largest and most prominent hemp producers. 

“We’ve come into some troubles with our lender,” GenCanna President Steve Bevan told regional Television station WPSD more than the weekend. “That’s confidential data and I’m not seriously ready for any information.”

Bevan stated he expects the contractors will be paid just before the liens attain Kentucky courts. “We’ve had quite excellent communication with the contractors and the common contractor on the job and we’re all excited about a swift resolution right here,” Bevan stated. 

$40 million facility

The estimated $40 million hemp processing plant in Mayfield is a single of two GenCanna plans to create. The organization currently operates a hemp processing facility in Winchester, Kentucky. The Mayfield factory is planned for storing, drying and extracting CBD, and the organization earlier stated it would employ much more than 80 folks. Delays now imply the facility will not be open till subsequent year’s harvest season, GenCanna stated. 

Bevan stated late final year that GenCanna would enhance hemp production tenfold this year to about 10,000 acres – all flower varieties for CBD production. But a regional newspaper, The Mayfield Messenger, reported in late August that GenCanna at the moment has 7,000 acres in production, worth an estimated $100 million.

Troubles surfaced in August

Troubles at the Mayfield building website initially surfaced in late August when GenCanna admitted that a quantity of contractors functioning on the facility have been owed income. GenCanna declined to answer any inquiries at the time and contractors stated nondisclosure agreements prevented them from explaining their side of the scenario. 

Regardless of the difficulties with the Mayfield facility, Bevan says the company’s finances are sturdy, and that contracted farmers can anticipate to get paid. “Every farmer that GenCanna has ever contracted with has been paid according to their contract,” Bevan stated, adding that crops intended to be processed at the Mayfield facility are getting collected and taken to the company’s processing facility in Winchester.

GenCanna is also creating a facility at Paducah, Kentucky. Plans get in touch with for acquiring the Mayfield facility up and operating initially. 

‘Several million’ in tax breaks

Bevan final year stated GenCanna had received “several million dollars” in state and regional tax incentives to develop the Mayfield factory. At the time, the new facility’s announcement was praised by Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles as a sign of Kentucky’s improvement as a hemp producer.

Privately held GenCanna’s economic records are not publicly out there. But in a June filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, publicly traded organization MariMed says it is owed much more than $25 million from GenCanna that have to be paid this December as the outcome of a deal in which MariMed took a a single-third interest in GenCanna. Massachusetts-primarily based MariMed is traded as a penny stock in the United States.

GenCanna earlier this year announced it had invested in a partnership with Atalo Holdings Inc., also of Kentucky, to align the two companies’ cultivation operations, touting the mixture as the biggest vertically integrated hemp-derived CBD production, processing and distribution alliance in Kentucky. 

Atalo has interests in technologies, crop science, agronomics, and harvesting and processing procedures. The two operate a 147-acre Hemp Investigation Campus in Winchester, property to each operations.


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