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Paragon Processing Working to Get Machinery Up and Running
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Janell Lewis, Administrative Assistant at Paragon Processing, described getting the 250,000 square foot plant up and running as a “labor of love.”

Lewis, who was the first person hired, indicated that the slower than expected ramping up of the industry that eventually hopes to hire several hundred people was due to machines that were not yet up and running.

“It will boil down to how many shifts we decide to have,” she shared, when commenting on a final number of hires. “We do know that when we are fully staffed, we will need everything from administrative help to warehouse and janitorial help.”.

Lewis cautioned job seekers about coming to the plant. “I’d be glad to look over an application,” she commented, “but they need to be turned in to Express Employment at 734 W. 6th St. in Pueblo.”

Express can also be reached at (719) 545-9120 or

The high-security facility, stationed on a 38-acre property, is the largest hemp processing facility currently operating in the U.S. It can store up to 50 million pounds of hemp biomass, and hosts 13 dock-high loading positions, along with housing Superior Flow-branded proprietary processing equipment.

Paragon Processing offers full-scale processing for up to one million pounds of hemp biomass per month, with a target to expand to two million pounds.

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