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Logistik Unicorp unveils partnership with Frog Lake First Nations supported by $6.1 million in government funding

Logistik Unicorp, the leading Canadian uniform provider, partners with the Frog Lake First Nations community to establish a new hemp fibre processing plant in the town of Elk Point, Alberta.

True to its commitment to domestic economic development, Logistik Unicorp is taking part in the transformation of the Canadian industrial landscape with a new joint venture project powered by hemp fibre: Askyi Hemp LP. In deploying this all-Canadian supply chain, Logistik has received the support from the provincial and federal governments, with funding of $1.1 million and $5 million respectively.

The hemp fibre processing site will be located in the town of Elk Point and will create over 35 permanent jobs, at least a third of which will be filled by members of local Indigenous communities.

To support Logistik and Frog Lake First Nations in the creation of Askyi Hemp LP, the Government of Alberta has allocated $1.1 million from the Investment Growth Fund to establish the site, which involves the purchase of 10 acres of land and the construction of a 55,000 sq. ft. plant. The construction phase will begin in the summer of 2024, with first production scheduled for 2025.

Askyi Hemp LP will benefit from a $5 million loan from Prairies Economic Development Canada to equip the plant with the specialized equipment essential for the processing of textile hemp fibre.

Once completed, the facility will process up to 40,000 tonnes of hemp from nearby farmland, 125,000 acres of which are tended by the region’s Indigenous community members. Every part of the hemp plant that is treated has a practical use, from construction materials to high-performance fibresfor textile use. A great deal of research and development went into the present-day processing method, ensuring optimum preservation of the hemp fibre’s properties.

“At Logistik, we have long believed in the power of hemp, and are thrilled to see this project come to fruition. Along with our partners at Frog Lake First Nations, we are developing a whole new branch of the Canadian economy with a quality fibre that is also beneficial to the planet.”

–          Louis Bibeau, President and CEO, Logistik Unicorp

“As the Chief of Frog Lake First Nations, we are committed to enhancing the lives of our people. This can only be done by diversifying and by making investments such as this, as it is an important factor to the nations’ growth. I want to take this time to thank Logistik Unicorp, for approaching Frog Lake First Nations to develop a joint venture partnership and form Askiy Hemp LP.

This is a great opportunity for economic growth for Frog Lake First Nations. It will provide a large scale of opportunities in green energy, food and water sovereignty, clean transportation, carbon sequestration and sustainable projects.  It will also provide a number of employment opportunities for our nation’s members as well.”

–          Gregory Desjarlais, Chief, Frog Lake First Nations

 

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