Chinese-based company Plant Box will make indoor plant growth LED lighting systems as Airport City’s newest tenant, the Edmonton International Airport (EIA) announced Wednesday.
“We looked at multiple venues across North America for this investment and determined that the Edmonton metro region and EIA was the perfect fit to be our North American home,” Steve Loo, executive director of Plant Box in China, said in a press release.
Plant Box, founded as Sinnoinnovo Tech in 2011, will lease warehouse space in Airport City, the development area surrounding the airport, for its main manufacturing centre in North America. The airport will also be a logistical hub for the company, which signed an agreement with EIA.
Targeting the cannabis sector, Plant Box will market to commercial businesses and academic institutions across North American that specialize in indoor plant growth.
“This is a perfect example of how Airport City works,” said Myron Keehn, EIA vice president of air service and commercial development. “Plant Box will import materials and build technology which will increase the production of agricultural products for export from North America.”
The company chose Edmonton because it has the most northern major airport in North America that operates 24/7 and can provide direct circumpolar access to and from Asian markets.
“We welcome Plant Box’s contribution to communities seeking healthy and reliable food production methods,” said Malcolm Bruce, CEO of Edmonton Global, the economic development organization for the Edmonton metropolitan region.
“The global connections that will be developed in this project will further strengthen our already impressive regional logistics and manufacturing sectors and will generate jobs across the Edmonton metropolitan region.”