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Gibsonburg Village Administrator Marc Glotzbecker, left, with councilman Don Kirwen, middle, and mayor Steve Fought, right, look at proposed plans for a medical marijuana cultivation facility approved by the Ohio Department of Commerce to be built in Clearview Industrial Park.(Photo: Craig Shoup/The News-Messenger)Buy Photo
GIBSONBURG – Excitement filled the village offices on Thursday after administrators were notified that Gibsonburg was chosen by the Ohio Department of Commerce to house a Level 1 medical marijuana cultivation facility.
The facility, one of 12 selected in Ohio, will be the largest in the area with 25,000 square feet of growing space, according to Mayor Steve Fought.
“It’s really a great day for Gibsonburg,” Fought said. “We are the largest one in the northwest.”
A proposal to build a similar facility in Oak Harbor was not approved by the Department of Commerce.
Trillium Cannabis had applied for a Level I license with plans to employ 20 to 30 full-time employees, earning an average annual wage of around $50,000, according to company co-founder Joseph Wright.
Standard Wellness LLC, based in Hudson, Ohio, will operate the Gibsonburg facility and will soon begin constructing a 50,000-square-foot building at Clearview Industrial Park, with half of that space dedicated to cultivation.
“By state law it has to be opened and operating by next September, so I expect to see dirt moving soon,” Fought said.
Fought said being chosen as a cultivation site means Gibsonburg will soon have 30 to 40 new jobs paying between $12 and $20 per hour, and administrative and management jobs paying $100,000 a year or more.
“These are going to be good paying jobs,” Gibsonburg Councilman Don Kirwen said.
Kirwen also heads the village’s economic development.
“Council worked hard and put in a