CommCan is expected to hire 50 new employees for its cultivation and production facility in Medway as it expands the second floor, tripling its production of cannabis. That’s about 180 pounds of marijuana and extractable material produced a week.
MEDWAY – The Commonwealth Cannabis Company said Wednesday that it will be tripling its production of cannabis by expanding the second floor of its cultivation and production facility on Marc Road in Medway.
The expansion will roll out 50 new jobs, said owners Ellen, Marc and Jon Rosenfeld in a press release. CommCan has already starting hiring some of those workers, Marc Rosenfeld told the Daily News, and the business has continued hiring workers throughout the rest of the pandemic.
The footprint of the Medway facility is 30,000 square feet, with the second floor adding another 30,000 square feet, said John Boit, a CommCan spokesperson. Though the floor space has only doubled, CommCan is able to triple its canopy because of its tiered cultivation system in the new expanded area, he said.
The expansion will make CommCan the largest family-operated and locally-owned cannabis company in New England, according to the Rosenfelds. Currently, CommCan produces about 60 pounds a week of usable material, including flower, shake for pre rolls or extractable material, said Boit.
With the expansion, production could increase to 180 pounds a week.
“We are committed to this business and to our community, so we kept going with the expansion even though the adult-use program was shut down in mid-March,” said Ellen Rosenfeld in a statement. “Increased sales through the medical program allowed us to pay our subcontractors and keep on schedule. It’s been truly amazing considering that many other marijuana companies furloughed their employees and reduced their hours of operation. We have managed to grow our business and continue this expansion right through the pandemic.”
CommCan currently employs more than 90 people. The company plans to request its occupancy permit in July, which would allow workers to start planting new seeds by August in the expanded facility.
To prevent the spread of the coronavirus during the current pandemic and to continue serving its customers, CommCan deployed a pick-up system featuring a FM transmitter at its medical and recreational dispensary in Millis. To pick up, customers must wait in their cars until their order number is called over the radio and then pick it up curbside. Owners said this method using a transmitter was a first in the industry.
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“It’s been fantastic,” Marc Rosenfeld told the Daily News about how the FM transmitter system has been working since then, and credits other resources they have at the dispensary on 1525 Main St. (Rte. 109) – such as its overflow parking lot – easing the operation.
The marijuana company also owns a medical dispensary on 255 Turnpike Road (Rte. 9) in Southborough.
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