On October 11th, 2018, The Flowr Corporation (TSXV:FLWR) and The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (NYSE:SMG) officially broke ground on a cutting-edge cannabis research and development facility in Kelowna, British Columbia.
Back in March, Flowr and the Hawthorne Gardening Company, a subsidiary of Scotts Miracle-Gro Company announced an exclusive strategic R&D alliance.
Under the agreement, Hawthorne is funding the construction of a 50,000-square-foot R&D facility that is integrated into Flowr’s Kelowna campus that will combine laboratories, indoor and greenhouse grow suites, training areas and genetics breeding areas in a single building.
Expected to open in 2019, the new R&D facility will support scientists from both organizations, covering areas ranging from nutrient formulations, lighting, and environmental systems, to irrigation, growing media, and integrated cultivation systems.
Not only will this research and development center help Hawthorne’s existing brands such as Botanicare, Gavita, General Hydroponics, and Can-Filters, but it will also keep Flowr’s flagship cultivation facility at the cutting edge of cannabis agricultural technologies.
Leading Flowr’s cultivation program is industry pioneer, company co-founder, and Flowr President Tom Flow. Flow is widely recognized for his cannabis thought leadership and expertise building and operating cannabis cultivation facilities. Flow also co-founded MedReleaf Corp. (TSX:LEAF) (OTC:MEDFF), which was acquired by Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB) (OTC:ACBFF) for approximately $3.2 billion CAD.
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