Building green in Arkansas: contractor and security firm discover MMJ niche

A new kind of green construction has brought some unexpected business to one Central Arkansas company. 

HARCO Constructors, a family-owned general contractor in Maumelle, has built two medical cannabis cultivation facilities and three dispensaries. When a third cultivation facility is completed this year, HARCO will have built three of the state’s maximum eight cultivation facilities. 

The projects have been good for business at the firm, but it’s not something project manager Ashton Harper ever imagined he’d be involved in. “Not in my wildest dreams,” said Harper, son of one of the company founders. 

HARCO’s first medical cannabis project was the cultivation facility for Natural State Medicinals in White Hall. The project was a learning experience, Harper said. Harper likens the cultivation projects to building a “climate-controlled rainforest inside a metal building” with technology that can control the temperature and humidity to a fraction of a degree. 


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