4Front Ventures, a vertically integrated, multi-state cannabis operator and retailer, today announced it has closed on the purchase of New England Cannabis Corporation (“NECC”), a cannabis cultivator with state-of-the-art facilities based in Holliston, Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission approved of the transaction during its public meeting on January 20, 2022.
The acquisition of NECC and its licensed, fully operational 55,000 sq. ft. cultivation facility immediately scales 4Front’s presence as a dominant wholesaler and producer in Massachusetts, a competitive limited-license state. The transaction more than doubles the Company’s total flower canopy in Massachusetts to over 30,000 sq. ft., with expansion potential for an additional 10,000 sq. ft.
Furthermore, the NECC facility nearly triples 4Front’s kitchen, processing and distribution space in Massachusetts, and will supplement the products currently sold via wholesale distribution and through 4Front’s existing “Mission” dispensaries. 4Front’s full suite of popular brands has already achieved wide-scale consumer support in the State’s rapidly growing adult-use cannabis market and has won several awards, including first place for Hi-Burst as the best fruity non-gummy edible in High Times’ 2021 Massachusetts People’s Choice Cannabis Cup.
"We are thrilled to welcome New England Cannabis to the 4Front team, enabling us to further expand our award winning and popular products into the most dynamic market in the Northeast. This acquisition firmly establishes our presence as a leading operator in the region and allows us to expand the distribution of our products in the wholesale market, supporting our goal of being the premier low-cost finished goods wholesaler in Massachusetts," says Leo Gontmakher, Chief Executive Officer of 4Front. "Overnight, the advanced Holliston facility has significantly expanded our cultivation, manufacturing, and distribution capabilities, which will help to drive our growth in the expanding Massachusetts market for years to come."
“This significant step in Massachusetts represents yet another successful execution of our investment thesis and is an encouraging start to an already active 2022. I look forward to working together with the NECC team to leverage their impressive technology and our extensive operational expertise as we continue to scale and execute on our goal of achieving dominant market share and building value for our shareholders.”
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