For immediate release March 16th 2020
Eastland Group of Companies Inc. is a well-established leading manufacturer of kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanities, mouldings, and custom building materials for over 50 years. Recently, Eastland partnered with Fibonacci, a Kentucky-based company which turns hemp stalks into building-grade hardwood. Since Fibonacci opened its doors in July of 2019, the two companies have been working together to develop applications for Hempwood in everyday building materials.
Through its affiliated company, Canada Hempwood Inc., Eastland is finalizing an exclusive licensing agreement with Fibonacci to press Hempwood in Canada. They are excited about the opportunities these new products bring. Hemp is substantially more environmentally sustainable when compared to traditional hardwood species more commonly used in building materials. Rather than the typical 20 year growth period for traditional hardwoods, Hemp grows in a 90-day cycle. Additionally, it is 20% denser than oak, and breathes 4 times more carbon dioxide than other trees, resulting in a reduced environmental impact and overall better product.
The World’s first ever prototype of Hempwood kitchen cabinets is made by Eastland, and was on display last week at the Atlantic Building Supplies Dealers Association (ABSDA) tradeshow in Halifax, Nova Scotia on March 11th and 12th 2020.
Eastland is excited about the potential of this product to expand and elevate the building material options available in the market in an environmentally conscious way. Further options in finish and uniformity in texture will continue to become available as the Canadian/American partnership evolves.