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GenCanna Owes Builders $13M In Graves County Hemp Plant Construction

Liam Niemeyer

  Hemp company GenCanna owes construction and engineering companies more than $13 million dollars in unpaid labor and materials to build a hemp processing plant in Graves County, according to liens filed in the Graves County Clerk's Office.

15 construction companies have filed liens against Gencanna over the past month, stating they haven’t been paid for labor or materials in building the Mayfield plant. These debt claims range up to over $3 million dollars.


GenCanna also filed a federal lawsuit on September 23, claiming the company paid Jenco Industrial Sales and Services more than $2.9 million dollars for industrial equipment that didn’t work or was never received.


The Paducah Sun reports GenCanna announced in late August that the Mayfield plant wouldn’t be ready to process hemp this year. GenCanna Global USA President Steve Bevan told the Sun that the company isn’t in danger of bankruptcy and that payments will be made soon.


"Liam Niemeyer is a reporter for the Ohio Valley Resource covering agriculture and infrastructure in Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia and also serves Assistant News Director at WKMS. He has reported for public radio stations across the country from Appalachia to Alaska, most recently as a reporter for WOUB Public Media in Athens, Ohio. He is a recent alumnus of Ohio University and enjoys playing tenor saxophone in various jazz groups."
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