New cannabis facility to bring 100 jobs to Norfolk

Anthony (Joel) Capin of BHS Greenhouses Ltd. stands alongside the property the company purchased at the Judd Industrial Park in Simcoe. The company plans to develop a licensed cannabis production facility. JACOB ROBINSON / Simcoe Reformer

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A new licensed cannabis production facility in Simcoe is expected to create 100 jobs.

Norfolk County announced this week it has finalized the sale of 6.4 acres in the Judd Industrial Park to BHS Greenhouses Ltd. for a federally-licensed medical marijuana operation.

The purchase will allow the company to construct a 250,000 square-foot facility.

BHS is a locally owned business led by principal shareholder Anthony (Joel) Capin. The company has 15 members.

“Just about all of us are Norfolk County residents,” Capin said. “We know that it helps a lot of people and I think it’s going to be good for the county. We want to be a good member of the community.”

The site is a five-minute drive from a tomato farm BHS formerly operated before transitioning into cannabis. The company hopes the first phase of the operation will be up and running by the end of next year.

The facility will be built in four phases but will operate in an existing 10,000 square-foot greenhouse currently located on the property. The greenhouse will eventually be replaced to make the operation uniform throughout.

BHS also owns a farm in Langton which they hope to expand to following construction in Simcoe.

A site approval had already been conducted by the county for the Judd Industrial Park land, so it was easier for BHS to begin work there.

Earlier this year the company acquired land and greenhouses at 92 Luscombe Drive from The Local Vegetable Company.

See pot | A2 POT from A1 “They had done a lot of research when they were buying that site and it was basically everything we were looking for when we were looking to start a business,” Capin said.

The land purchased from the municipality borders and abuts that property.

The facility’s location meets the minimum 300-metre setback required under the county’s cannabis bylaw, the county said in a release. A site plan agreement is also in place with conditions to guard against challenges with neighbours.

“Because of the sensitive nature of the subject lands being located in the Well Head Protected Area, any production facility that generates any toxic factory waste would not be allowed to locate there,” Pam Duesling, Norfolk’s general manager of development and cultural services said in a release. “A facility such as this one which has very little waste and that proposes to recycle their water is a good fit.”

Currently, there are five cannabis producers in Norfolk and a half-dozen more are pending.

Norfolk owns approximately 30 acres of land in the Judd Industrial Park currently for sale.

jrobinson@postmedia.com

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