Construction of a $20-million, high-tech cannabis cultivation facility in northern Oakland County is underway with plans to begin operating by spring.
The 54,000-square-foot facility in Lake Orion will create about 65 jobs, according to Natrabis, whose name comes from a combination of natural and cannabis. Natrabis said jobs will range from plant managers to controllers to cultivation technicians to packagers and marketing and sales.
According to partners Nick Simpson, Mike Thomas and Ben Puraj, they plan on opening five retail outlets in Michigan to sell their private label cannabis. Future plans also call for a doubling of the cultivation operation with an identical facility directly across the road from the one under construction on a 5.5-acre site in the Liberty Tech industrial park near Brown and Giddings roads.
They said most of the site work, including utilities, parking lots and building pad, has already been completed. The building itself will be a pre-fabricated, engineered structure that is due to arrive in sections in November.
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