Cannabis facility in Stellaron to close

The Cannabis facility in Stellarton located on Acadia Avenue will close in February, 2022. (Goodwin photo)

A Cannabis operation in Stellarton will close in February.

Ottawa based HEXO Corporation announced the closures of the Stellarton facility and two others in Ontario that the company recently acquired in a press release on Nov. 9. HEXO president and CEO Scott Cooper cited plans to consolidate the company’s operations.

Zenabis Global Inc. previously owned the Stellarton plant, whose official closing date is Feb. 28, 2022.

The decision affects about 155 employees at the three facilities.

"As part of the integration planning process, we completed a comprehensive evaluation of all HEXO facilities to review their capabilities, capacity, and efficiency, and made the decision to centralize operations at our core facilities,” Cooper said in the release.  “This was a very difficult decision, but it is a key component of our integration plan, and one that we believe best positions HEXO for continued growth.”

According to the release, HEXO is working closely with employees to reduce the impact of the decommissioning of these facilities. This includes relocating employees who take on roles at one of HEXO’s core facilities and supporting those who are not able to relocate with their search for employment.

The Stellarton facility was previously the Clairtone electronics plant. It was purchased by Vida Cannabis (Canada) for $500,000 from the town in 2014.

Lindsay Construction of Dartmouth renovated the building. It included demolishing about a fifth of its more than 300,000 square feet of space.