Hemp is known for it's many uses.
"Lotions, soaps, food products," Roger Ford, CEO of Patriot Bioenergy Cooperation, said. "There's a lot of applications for those."
The company has processed hemp at their Shelbiana facility for months. Now, the company will expand and break ground to make greenhouses on Thursday, Feb. 23.
Developers stated they believe the hemp industry is a great opportunity for eastern Kentucky.
"Obviously this part of the state is a rural area, there's lots of available space we believe, for people to grow, for us to grow," Ford said.
Patriot Bioenergy is hoping to turn old mine fields into new integrated energy facilities. The company will need farmers, lab technicians and other workers to make this plan work.
"We're trying to hire displaced coal miners and veterans," Ford said.
The new venture has the community hopeful.
"Just the chance for some of our people to get back to work, I mean, the jobs around here have really faded around here the last little bit," B.J. Fuller, Pike County resident, said.
The company said they hope to create nearly 50 new jobs in the next year and a half to two years.