Indiana lawmakers will not spend the summer studying issues related to medical marijuana, but they will consider the legalization of hemp.
“I’m optimistic that the industrial hemp will get passed in Indiana in 2019,” said Greg Baumbaugh, CEO of FlexForm Technologies in Elkhart.
Legalized hemp would make a world of difference for FlexForm which now has a warehouse packed with huge bundles of fibrous materials that come from all around the world.
“Well we’re importing roughly 80,000 pounds of natural fiber a week, into our facility. That’s two containers, and it all comes primarily either from southeast Asia, or Europe,” Baumbaugh said.
The foreign fiber is mixed with a resin and molded into car parts including door panels.
FlexForm’s CEO has long wondered by making car parts should require the use of so many ships. “Why do we have to import our material from 8,000 miles away when from here to Louisville is all the farther this material goes.”
The door panels in question are part of a car that is assembled at the Ford plant in