An Oregon based company, Drying Solutions, has come under pressure from an Illinois based company over allegations of selling fake mobile hemp drying equipment. Grasco Hemp is seeking nearly $3 million in the lawsuit.
In the lawsuit, Illinois-based Grasco Hemp alleges that two of the three hemp drying equipment bought from Drying solutions malfunctioned within the first two weeks of operation. The third one was not spared either, as it also stopped working after 28 days.
The filed complaint explains that the drying units had repeated issues with their propane lines. This prompted several service calls in an attempt to fix the temperature regulation and ventilation systems. Grasco supervisors and technicians attempted the fixes.
The company says that it paid $ 200,000 for the three mobile dryers. The three units were built from freight trailers measuring 53 feet. According to the lawsuit, each trailer was outfitted with fans and heaters sourced from Sukup Manufacturing.
Grasco Hemp has accused the Oregon company of claiming that the equipment that it sold could dry up to 2500 pounds of newly harvested hemp plants in just 24 hours. Drying Solutions had also claimed that the process would be at temperatures low enough to protect the plants’ trichomes and terpenes.
According to Graco, Sukup Manufacturing was never consulted about the fans and heaters used in the mobile units and the overall design. The design and equipment used were not solid enough to prove the claim by Drying Solutions about the units’ potential.
The plaintiff claims that they lost $750,000 in potential profits and used $40000 in an attempt to keep the drying units in a working condition. Also, $1.5 million in punitive damages and $500,000 for non-economic damages are requested in the Grasco lawsuit.