COLORADO CITY — The state of Colorado has long been known for leading the way in the cannabis industry, but here in Southern Colorado, hemp is now taking center stage. News 5 took a tour of the country’s largest hemp processing facility, which hopes to have their processing fully open in around 30 days.

Those with the company, Paragon Processing LLC, said they have the biggest building and some of the largest equipment in the United States, and with all that space, they will need lots of employees to help them process the hemp. “It’s going to lead us to need 250 employees by the end of this year. As we expand, we’re going to be going up to 2 million pounds a month, as we expand to 2 million pounds a month, we’re going to need to build up to about 500 employees by the next two to three years,” said William Chavis, the lead engineer and one of the partners for Paragon Processing.

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