Viobin is further cultivating its hemp production plant in Michigan City with a $6.1 million investment in its current operations at 1700 E. U.S. Hwy. 12.

The project includes an expansion for hemp drying, feed production and processing along with the addition of equipment including: a hemp dryer, screen, pelletizer and hammermill. The work is expected to add 15 jobs. The Michigan City Common Council approved a five-year tax abatement on this project Nov. 4.

Viobin took over the plant in 2019 to process industrial hemp into cannabidiol or CBD for use in lotions, isolates and oils as part of the burgeoning industry. The company was one of the first in Indiana to receive an industrial hemp research license.

“Our team is ready to take the next step toward developing our strong base here in the city,” said Bill Streeter, Vice President of Corporate Finance at Panhandle Milling, Viobin’s parent company. “With our expansion, we are carrying on the tradition of manufacturing our products to the highest standards. By having top-notch extractions, final products are at optimum quality for consumers.”

“Having a base for a sprouting industry right here in Michigan City is a tremendous opportunity,” said Economic Development Corporation Michigan City Executive Director Clarence Hulse. “We look forward to continuing to work with a company that is on the ground level of hemp production here in Indiana.”

Viobin is under the umbrella of PHM Brands, which is based out of Denver, Colo., and includes a mix of companies that focus on agricultural specialty ingredients and blended products. PHM Brands has five locations across the U.S.

Companies looking to start, grow or build their business in Michigan City may call the EDCMC at (219) 873-1211. For more information on Viobin.