A cannabis company says it plans to build a grow facility in Merritt, and replace the jobs that were lost in a sawmill closure two years ago.
Emerald Plants Health Source purchased a massive chunk of land and plans to build an initial three-thousand-square-metre facility before building up to potentially more than 100-thousand square metres.
Two hundred people lost their jobs when the Tolko mill closed in 2016 and the cannabis company hopes to hire more than 200 workers once it’s up and running.
Emerald hopes to offer jobs to laid-off Tolko employees and has already reached out to one of them.
Sixty-two-year-old Arnold Meyer says he was skeptical at first, but the company says it wants him to be one of its first hires and he has a meeting coming up soon.
Merritt Mayor Linda Brown says the mill closure significantly affected the city and many of the former employees have moved away to find work elsewhere.
She says she expects to support the cannabis company’s application once it comes in, because the city needs industry and development.