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New York Cultivation, Production Complex Could Employ Nearly 700

Local officials will consider the proposal next week.

Last summer, officials in Upstate New York announced a project that would bring hundreds of jobs to a long-vacant industrial property.

Chicago-based cannabis company Cresco Labs, officials said, was interested in the land that formerly housed the Schrade knife factory in Ellenville.

Proponents estimated that 300 to 400 people could work at the new facility.

Cresco played coy about its ambitions at the time; the company did not participate in the announcement and released only a vague statement.

In recent days, however, Cresco apparently made it official — and the job creation numbers are even higher than originally anticipated.

According to the Middletown Times Herald-Record, the company plans to house cultivation, processing and warehouse operations at a 380,000-square-foot facility.

Documents filed with local planning officials projected that as many as 679 people could work at the campus.

The Wawarsing Planning Board plans to hold a hearing on the proposal next week.

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