BOULDER, CO, Aug. 8, 2019 /CNW/ – PRESS RELEASE – Charlotte’s Web Holdings, Inc., the market leader in hemp CBD extract products, has announced...

BOULDER, CO, Aug. 8, 2019 /CNW/ – PRESS RELEASE – Charlotte’s Web Holdings, Inc., the market leader in hemp CBD extract products, has announced expansion plans underway in 2019  including cultivation, production, distribution and R&D to support its forecasted sales growth. Most recent expansion initiatives include a building lease signed on a newly constructed 136,610-square-foot industrial building located at 700 Tech Court in the Colorado Technology Center (CTC) in Louisville, Colo. The new location enables the company to prepare for production, distribution and R&D expansion to meet increasing demand from the consumer and national retailer channels.

Charlotte’s Web will commence a staged build-out of the facility during Q3-2019 and continuing over a two-year period. The staged buildout of production and distribution capacities align with product demand growth. This facility will add cumulatively to the company’s existing locations in and around the Boulder, Colo., area. Along with distribution and R&D, the large cGMP-grade building will encompass the company’s new manufacturing operations, substantially adding to the current capacity of the company’s current 40,000-square-foot footprint. The lease agreement includes further expansion options into adjacent buildings (to be constructed) as necessary to accommodate the company’s future growth.

“This is a time of rapid growth and transformation for Charlotte’s Web and these new facilities are necessary to support the production, warehousing and distribution of our growing product lines and volumes,” said Stephen Lermer, chief operating officer at Charlotte’s Web. “Production and inventory growth have been dramatic this year following the Company’s record 675,000-pound hemp harvest during 2018, which was more than ten times larger than 2017. Our capacity build is required to support sales forecasts as multiple national retailers continue to roll out Charlotte’s Web products. As we have increased acres planted by 187 percent for the 2019 season, we will make quick use of the expanded facilities as we initiate operations early next year.”

State-of-the-art production equipment is being developed in a manner that optimizes efficiencies in all aspects of use. The company has commenced the internal engineering phase and construction is expected to begin in the coming months. The new cGMP facility will be engineered with the most technologically advanced and proven extraction technology for the production of the highest quality products.

“Many of the extraction technologies employed in our sector are decades old. In our new facility we will be incorporating the latest in extraction and post-processing refinement technology that enables differentiated end-products with unique characteristics,” said Lermer. “Our expanded R&D focus in this facility will also lead us to future innovation that will ensure we remain the leader in production technology. Strategically, Louisville is a prime location for us midway between our current Boulder and Denver operations. Additionally, this gives us access to a wider aggregate region from which we can source top employee talent. We look forward to contributing to the growth, economy and families of Louisville and the surrounding communities as we continue to grow.”

In keeping with the company’s dedication to sustainability and responsible agriculture practices, the environmental impact of the new facility was a key consideration from inception. The facility is targeting 30-percent energy cost savings, 35-percent reduction in potable water use, 20-percent recycled content in building materials, 20 percent of building materials from regional sources and 50 percent of construction waste diverted from landfill.

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