LOUISVILLE, KY (PRWeb) – Sunstrand, the North American leader in Sustainability and Hemp Processing, recently hosted a visit and plant tour with local and national leaders to discuss the future of hemp in the United States. Meeting attendees included Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles, community leaders, customers, farmers, and media. Following a closed-door discussion and a tour of Sunstrand’s Louisville, KY manufacturing facility, Senator McConnell set the stage, “This gives you a first-hand view of the potential that hemp has. I just had a meeting with farmers, processors, everybody involved in this industry, which we hope is going to get a whole lot bigger very soon.”
McConnell is currently championing the 2018 draft farm bill, officially known as the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, which covers everything from farm subsidies and food stamps to trade and rural development policy. It also includes hemp legalization legislation. Separate draft bills have passed both the Senate and the House of Representatives, and they are currently in conference to reconcile the two versions into a final bill before heading to President Trump’s desk for approval.
Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture, Ryan Quarles, shared the bill’s importance for Kentucky. “Industrial hemp is an opportunity for Kentucky to bring back a crop that used to be a big part of our past and bring it into the 21st century. And no person has done more for bringing this crop back home to Kentucky than Senator McConnell.”
The bill is exciting news for Sunstrand, North America’s largest hemp processor. Sunstrand uses the entire stalk and manufactures materials to meet customer specifications in the automotive, textile, building material, cosmetics and animal care industries. Sunstrand CEO, Trey Riddle PhD, also praised the proposed legislation: “We here at Sunstrand are honored that the Senate Majority Leader chose our company to showcase some of the great things hemp can do for our country. Passage of hemp legislation in the farm bill will enable this industry to grow rapidly. I am thrilled to see such support from leaders like Senator McConnell.”
Sunstrand, The Sustainable Materials Company™, is a manufacturer of cost- and performance-competitive, rapidly renewable, eco-friendly bio-industrial materials with densities less than carbon fiber for a wide variety of technical and industrial applications. Leaders in HEMP fiber, the company sources rapidly renewable crops, process them into customer specifications, and leverage these materials for use in plastics, animal care products, textiles, and more. Developed by engineers and material scientists with attention to detail and rigorous mechanical testing, Sunstrand product advantages include sustainability/green messaging, light-weighting, reduced density, reduced cost, and improved performance. The Sunstrand headquarters is located in Louisville, KY – additional operations are in Louisville (Kentucky), Pamplico (South Carolina), and Alberta (Canada).
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