Expansion announced for cannabis production facility in Olds

By Sheldon Spackman
June 16, 2018 - 10:20am

An Alberta-based producer of medical cannabis has announced an expansion of its flagship production facility in Olds.

Sundial Growers Inc. has started to receive and install their custom-built, state-of-the-art cannabis cultivation modules, resulting in an accelerated expansion of their 35,000 square foot cultivation facility and administration building.

Sundial officials say their proprietary cannabis cultivation modules were designed and built in partnership with Alberta-based Modus, which specializes in high performance modular buildings. The modular construction method allows Sundial to produce quality cannabis in tailored growing environments and to build and scale much quicker than traditional building methods allow.

"Through our partnership with Modus, Sundial is setting a new standard for cannabis cultivation facilities in Canada and around the world," said Sundial CEO, Torsten Kuenzlen in a press release. "Innovative manufacturing and construction techniques will enable Sundial to produce the quality cannabis efficiently at scale and to build capacity rapidly. This will allow us to be agile and flexible in our future expansion plans.”

Kuenzlen goes on to say that upon completion of their facility in Olds, Sundial will have the largest purpose-built modular cannabis facility in the world with capacity to grow well over 100 million grams annually in more than 140 state-of the-art grow rooms.

"Every single component in these structures was carefully considered when they were designed for Sundial," said Hadi Feltham, Business Development Officer of Modus. "Sundial came to Modus with a vision to grow the best quality cannabis efficiently as a way to set them apart as an industry leader. We are very excited to be delivering and installing the structures that will be the heart of their flagship facility in Olds, Alberta."

Over a two week period, individual units will be travelling down the highway every day from Modus' factory in Crossfield to Sundial's site in Olds. Once finished, there will be a 70,000 square foot pod, which will consist of 20 individual grow rooms made up of 40 individual modular units.

As the company prepares to complete the first operational phase of its facility, Sundial has also submitted an evidence package to Health Canada, which is a requirement in obtaining its License to Cultivate in that facility.

By 2019, Sundial plans to complete its flagship facility in Olds, which is expected to produce well over 100 million grams of dry cannabis and process over 30 million grams of cannabis extracts each year.

Click here to watch a video of Sundial's state-of-the-art, custom built cannabis modules which are said to be setting a new industry standard for cannabis cultivation.

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