DELAVAN — The roar of earth-moving equipment didn’t stop leaders at Revolution Enterprises from wielding golden shovels and smiling for the cameras while celebrating the company’s expansion Thursday afternoon.

Workers have already begun on construction which will grow the cannabis producing facility’s footprint to 150,000 square feet and more than double production capacity.

“In July or August of next year, the new part of the facility should be up and running,” said Eric Diekhoff, general manager for the Delavan plant, shortly before the ceremony began. “Then, before phase four is complete, we will begin phase five, which will include a 40,000 square foot processing center mainly for extractable products. Hopefully by 2021, maybe 2022, we should have everything complete.”

The company expects to add about 60 new employees once phase 4 is complete, with more jobs on the horizon.

“They could possibly employ as many as 300 people in the future,” said Delavan Mayor Liz Skinner. “It’s very exciting. They’ve created jobs, and they’ve had a positive financial impact on our school district and the city. They’ve been a great friend and partner since they came.”

Revolution is growing to meet the demand as legal barriers to cannabis consumption fall across the country. Recreational use in Illinois will be legal on Jan. 1, 2020.

Though the growing facility in Delavan is currently the only one the Elmhurst-based company has, it won’t be for long. They are already expanding into other states, including Florida and Arkansas, said Diekhoff.

The products grown at Revolution won’t change with the legalization of recreational marijuana. They produce only medical grade cannabis.

“We will continue packaging everything like it’s medical grade. The dispensaries will market it to the recreational customer,” said Diekhoff.

Extractables — oils and waxes containing different levels of THC — will ultimately be a big part of business for the Delavan facility, said Diekhoff.

“The medical side is where it’s at,” he said. “We know people want different and safer ways to take cannabinoids.”

A crowd of about 100 people smiled and shot pictures as Revolution’s CEO Mark de Souza kicked off the ceremony and introduced Diekhoff.

“He and his family have been here in Delavan for four generations. He’s a big reason for our success,” de Souza said.

Skinner also spoke during the ceremony.

“We knew early on that this was the kind of business we wanted to be associated with, and boy, were we right.”

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