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Industrial hemp processing plant to be built in Lake City

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An industrial hemp processing plant is set to be built in Lake City.

According to a news release, Tucker Naturals, LLC, plans to use land in the Godley Morris Commerce Center to build and manage an industrial hemp processing and extraction facility.

The company, along with its investment partner Caropar Investments, says their intent is to support South Carolina farmers participating in the states industrial hemp pilot program.

In May 2017, legislation was passed to allow the legal growth of industrial hemp in South Carolina for research purposes.

Under a pilot program for industrial hemp, up to 20 farmers can receive permits to grow up to 20 acres of industrial hemp.

The release says the Tucker Naturals facility on 800 West Main Street in Lake City will provide consulting services to pilot program farmers, to include processing, extraction, manufacturing, and other go-to-market aspects of the initiative.

Tucker Naturals is partnered with two other companies–ProVerde Laboratories and Caropar Investments, LLC.

Company leaders say they believe Lake City is a good fit for the processing plant, particularly given the city’s history as a powerful tobacco industry leader, the release said.

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