BEAUFORT COUNTY, SC — The South Carolina Dept. of Commerce announced Friday that a processor of hemp fiber plans to locate new operations in Beaufort County.
Blue Sky Processing, LLC plans to invest $2.5 million and create 16 new jobs officials said.
Blue Sky Processing is pioneering large-scale extraction of cannabidiol (CBD) and other hemp cannabinoids.
Focused on legal and non-psychoactive cannabinoid nutritional supplements, the company will be participating in the S.C. Department of Agriculture's Hemp Pilot Program and will be renovating an existing property in Beaufort County.
"We are thrilled to have the support from the S.C. Department of Commerce and the Department of Agriculture's Hemp Pilot Program. The future looks very optimistic for hemp cultivators and manufacturers throughout the state," said Blue Sky Processing President Jennifer Pfuhl.
"With an announcement like today's from Blue Sky Processing, it's clear that agribusiness is as important to South Carolina's present and future as it has been to our past. I'm proud to welcome this great company to our robust business community and look forward to seeing how it will continue to grow and thrive in the Lowcountry," Gov. Henry McMaster said.
Once completed, the facility will be outfitted with processing and analytical equipment, coming online in the first quarter of 2019.
"We are grateful that Blue Sky Processing has chosen Beaufort County to locate its operations. Their investment in Beaufort is evidence that the work of the Beaufort County Economic Development Corporation is resonating with investors. Beaufort County is a great place for business and industry. We are appreciative of the good jobs Blue Sky will be bringing to northern Beaufort County," said Beaufort County Dist. One Councilman Gerald Dawson.
Hiring for the new positions is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2019 as well, and those interested in joining the Blue Sky Processing team should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.