Broome County will be the home of a planned "hemp industrial park" to be developed by Canopy Growth Corporation.

The Ontario-based company Monday announced it intends to develop the facility in the town of Kirkwood.

Canopy Growth expects to transform a Felchar Manufacturing building into a complex that will support hemp-derived products.

The company plans to use the 308,000-square-foot facility on a 48-acre property for the massive project. The concept was publicly announced last January.

In a statement, Canopy Growth chairman Bruce Linton said the firm aims to establish a "stronger foothold" in the United States market "in a way that prioritizes local vendors."

Design work for the Kirkwood operation is getting underway and construction on the site is scheduled to start this summer.

Canopy Growth intends to hire managers for the facility beginning late this year. The company plans to recruit other workers for the site in mid-2020.

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