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Michagan City Hemp Business to Expand


MICHIGAN CITY - A Michigan City hemp processor is expanding, since its commercial enterprise has flourished in Indiana.

The "Times" reports the expansion is also expected to produce fifteen additional jobs at the Viobin facility, which is located at 1700 E. U.S. 12.  

Viobin is investing $6.1 million dollars into the facility for the expansion which includes greater capacity for hemp drying, feed production and processing along with additional equipment.

The growth plans come after the City Council approved a tax abatement on the investment last week.

Viobin opened the facility in 2019 to process industrial hemp into CBD oil for use in lotions, isolates and oils.

The decision to grow comes after the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently approved Indiana’s plan for regulating commercial production of the plant.


Sharon Jackson is the local host of "All Things Considered" and a reporter for Lakeshore Public Radio. She has been with 89.1 FM since its launch in 2009. Sharon is also a radio DJ in Chicago, and has been since 2004. In her previous job at Metro Networks/Westwood One, she was heard on am 890 WLS, WGN radio 720 am and am 560 WIND. She has also delivered news and traffic reports on radio stations all over Chicago and the suburbs including 95.9 The River, 98.3 WCCQ and Star 96.7.