According to a press release issued today by the South Carolina Department of Commerce, Blue Sky Processing will soon open a facility in Beaufort County. The company’s $2.5 million investment is projected to create 16 new jobs in the rural community.

“We are thrilled to have the support from the S.C. Department of Commerce and the Department of Agriculture’s Hemp Pilot Program,” says Jennifer Pfuhl, president of Blue Sky Processing, adding, “The future looks very optimistic for hemp cultivators and manufacturers throughout the state.” 

Beaufort County is a coastal county in Southeast South Carolina that includes Hilton Head Island. Pfuhl, who says she has “a joint ownership interest in Blue Sky Processing” confirmed that the operation will be located in Seabrook and the company will renovate an existing property in Beaufort County.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to diversify our business interests and to courage economic and rural development in the state, and to encourage agribusiness in the state,” says Pfuhl, “and to offer a quality product to consumers.”

Pfuhl says Blue Sky Processing “will use a fully automated hydrocarbon extraction system, developed by our sister company, Delta 9 Technologies.  We have the capability to extract a full spectrum crude oil (with terpenes, etc),  a more refined distillate or a CBD isolate. We are not processing fiber at this time.”

Blue Sky Processing is expected to open in the first quarter of 2019. It’s website — MadeByBlueSky.com — is yet to be completed, but there’s a place to sign up for future announcements and this message:

Blue Sky is a South Carolina facility designed for mass processing of industrial, legal hemp. We use proprietary extraction and refinement equipment to precisely extract plant oils and distill them into high quality, safe and potent products. Blue Sky offers contract manufacturing, toll processing, bulk wholesale, consumer packaged goods and white label services.

“We are proud to welcome Blue Sky Processing to Beaufort County,” says S.C. Dept. of Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers. “As industrial hemp proves to be an additional crop for our farmers, establishing a processing network is paramount to our growers’ success. And, as we continue to expand upon these opportunities, we look forward to South Carolina becoming the industry leader.”

“South Carolina has a rich history in the agribusiness sector,” says S.C. Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt, “and today’s announcement by Blue Sky Processing shows that this industry continues to flourish in the Palmetto State. We congratulate this innovative company on their new operations and look forward to all they’ll be able achieve in Beaufort County.”

In 2019, South Carolina’s industrial hemp program is doubling in size — from 20 licensed hemp farmers to 40. In July, the state announced that over 160 farmers applied for the licenses.

According to the S.C. Dept. of Commerce’s website, agribusiness is responsible for 68,000 jobs statewide.

Pfuhl is also owner of Map Tech Packaging and clarified that the two companies are unrelated.

Those wishing to seek employment with Blue Sky Processing are asked to email their resumes to info@madebybluesky.com.

BY Rhiannon Fionn

BY Rhiannon Fionn

Editor & Publisher

Rhiannon Fionn is an award-winning journalist based in Charlotte, N.C.