Wednesday, October 14th, 2021, marked a celebratory milestone -Hempitecture broke ground for their new manufacturing facility in Southern Idaho.
From the Groundbreaking event to our 14th Hempcrete Contractor Training to preparing for our upcoming Hemp Building Summit in Austin, TX it has been an action-packed couple of weeks for us here at Hempitecture! With all this excitement abound, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the effort and support from our community-at-large, that has made it possible for us to successfully prepare for this new manufacturing facility.
Co-founder and Chief Innovations Officer, Tommy Gibbons, reflects, "it was in July of 2019 on our way back from returning a Bobcat to Twin Falls after a hempcrete workshop in Mackay, Idaho that Hempitecture decided to pivot to a hemp fiber batt insulation product as Hempitcture's core offering. The initial phone conversation with our international manufacturing partner actually took place as Mattie and I were driving home over the Perrine Bridge. What followed was a complete revamp of our marketing and product offerings to introduce HempWool® to America. Soon after, we realized the material was compelling to customers but the lead time and freight costs were not, so we embarked on a nationwide search for a suitable manufacturing facility entertaining locations in California, Oregon, Montana, and Nevada. Bringing hemp insulation manufacturing home to a location moments from where we started the journey with HempWool® in the same year that industrial hemp was legalized in Idaho feels like reassurance from the universe that we are on the right path."
The chance to bring a new ag-tech manufacturing facility to Southern Idaho is the opportunity to help our communities flourish and grow. This nonwoven materials facility will not only create HempWool insulation for all building projects (including vans, homes, and buildings), but it will also create sustainable cold freight packaging for shipping and packing food, medicine, and other materials that need to stay cold.
"The groundbreaking in Jerome ID marks the beginning of Hempitecture's next chapter and is an opportunity to take a moment and give thanks to all the individuals who helped us get to this point. We are proud to be building a company that not only makes healthy and sustainable products, but a company that values the importance of US manufacturing, a developing US supply chain, and creates clean, ag-tech jobs for the region, " states Mattie Mead, the CEO and Founder of Hempitecture.
There is much work to be done and progress to be made, but we’re so thankful for those that came out and braved the cold with us. We hold so much gratitude for the team at Southern Idaho Economic Development, Idaho Department of Commerce, Gov. Brad Little, Christopher McKay, Idaho Farm Bureau Federation, Jerome County, and the Hempitecture team for helping us make this vision a reality. To everyone who has supported us, worked with us, and continues to advocate for a new cleaner future in the building industry, thank you - we couldn't have done this without each and every single one of you.
The Hempitecture Team