The Flowr Corporation, a Canadian Licensed Producer of premium cannabis products, and Hawthorne Canada Limited celebrated on October 18, 2018, the ground breaking for the construction of North America’s first research and development facility dedicated to advancing cannabis cultivation techniques and systems. Hawthorne Canada is a subsidiary of Hawthorne Gardening Company, which provides an array of tools for a multitude of gardening needs and is a subsidiary of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company.
The 50,000-square-foot facility is located on the cultivation campus Flowr is constructing in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. The facility will include laboratories, indoor and greenhouse grow suites, training areas, and genetics breeding areas in a single building. Flowr expects to develop and test Hawthorne cultivation systems, such as lights and fertilization and irrigation systems in the facility. Flowr also intends to research genetics and cultivation data analytic systems in the facility. Hawthorne is funding the construction of the facility, which is expected to be completed in the summer of 2019.
The facility is the centerpiece of an exclusive strategic research and development (R&D) alliance Flowr and Hawthorne created in March 2018. Hawthorne selected Flowr for this alliance based on the technical expertise of Flowr’s design, build, and cultivation team under the direction of Flowr Co-Founder Tom Flow. Flow is widely recognized for his cannabis thought leadership and expertise building and operating cannabis cultivation facilities. He also co-founded MedReleaf, which recently was acquired by Aurora for $3.2 billion (CAD).
The alliance makes Flowr one of only three Canadian cannabis companies with a business partnership with a publicly traded U.S. company, along with Canopy and Hexo.
“Flowr’s partnership with Hawthorne is more than just an acknowledgment of the talents and track record of Tom Flow and our design, construction and cultivation teams,” says Flowr Chairman and Chief Strategist Steve Klein. “We strongly believe it will also help us sustain our competitive advantage in cultivation and remain at the forefront of industry innovation.”
Chris Hagedorn, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Hawthorne Gardening Company, says, ”We chose work with Flowr due to their ability to grow quality, consistent plants. Dedicated to innovation, this first-of-its kind research facility will help to optimize our entire array of products, from lighting to nutrients and environmental controls, and put us in the unique position to help our customers, no matter their size and scale, get the result they seek with even more precision.”
Flowr’s campus in Kelowna will include an additional 85,000 square feet of cultivation, processing, and office space that is currently approximately 20% operational and is expected to be fully complete in early 2019. These facilities employ proprietary cultivation systems and are engineered to meet pharmaceutical quality production standards, allowing Flowr to grow premium cannabis flower. Flowr expects to produce upwards of 12,000 kilograms of cannabis flower in the facilities beginning in 2019.
Together, the R&D and operations facilities are expected to more than 200 jobs following their completion.
About Flowr and Hawthorne
The Flowr Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is a vertically integrated Canadian cannabis company focused on the natural science of cannabis. With head offices in Markham, ON, and production in Kelowna, BC, Flowr builds and operates large-scale, GMP designed cultivation facilities utilizing its own patented growing systems. Flowr’s investment in research and development is expected to enable its cultivation team to supply patients with consistent, high-quality medicinal cannabis. With a sense of craftsmanship and a spirit of innovation, Flowr is well positioned with a line of premium quality cannabis products for the upcoming adult-use market.
Hawthorne Gardening Company is a house of brands that provides an array of tools for a multitude of gardening needs to help people live happier, healthier lives through gardening. The company is dedicated to creating high-quality products founded in social and environmental responsibility and creates engaging consumer experiences that empower more people to garden no matter where or how they choose to grow. Hawthorne is a subsidiary of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, a leader in gardening and lawn care products.