A hemp drying facility in Pennsylvania reopens its doors after being shut down by local officials the week before. There were shut down over code requirements. The company installed ventilation and brought the rest of the facility up to code, allowing them to reopen on a temporary basis.
The plant is up and running again, but they are still catching up. Not out of the woods yet, the drying warehouse in Jeannette can be closed if there are any more complaints to the city. According to the Tribune Review, the plant has previously received several smell complaints.
“If there are any (odor) complaints, they will be closed again immediately,” Bill Whetzel, the city’s code enforcement officer, said.
The plant works by having farmers bring their hemp crops to have them dried into smokeable hemp flower. Once the plants are dried, they can be packaged and sold. The problems that the plant is having is making its customers a little wary of the services they are providing.
While these legal issues are being sorted out, the company’s employees have yet to be paid. The Colorado-based company, Patriot Shield still maintains the statement that its employees will be paid in the next few days, the same promise it held the week prior when it was shut down.
Both current and former employees are protesting the facility because they haven’t been paid. Some of the employees are still working, despite not being paid.
The company employed 200 people at the plant, with jobs starting at $13 an hour.
Some of these former employees are getting desperate. Some like Rose Thomas are days away from being evicted from her home. Still, others have already lost their homes and have been forced to move. The approach of the holidays only magnifies this loss.