ENGINEERING TECH

Hybrid Tech, LLC and GoldCann International Inc. have Announced an Engineering Agreement

Hybrid Tech | July 14, 2021

Goldcann International Inc., a Canadian company, based in Toronto, Ontario, is delighted to announce that it has signed a contract with Hybrid Tech, LLC, a global leader in the design and construction of cannabis extraction facilities. As a result, work on the feasibility and engineering requirements for the Company's 40,000 sq. ft. extraction, processing, and packaging facility, which will produce cannabis products for the Mexican retail market, will commence immediately.

The plant will be built on 14,000 square meters of fully serviced property in Mazatlan, on Mexico's Pacific coast, to produce cannabidiol (CBD) oil and other health and wellness products under the Aztecann brand. Construction is expected to begin soon after Goldcann is granted a license under the new cannabis laws, which is now expected to be signed into law in late September or early October.

The Fast-Track technique developed by Hybrid Tech is a one-of-a-kind process that delivers properly envisioned, fully operational, technologically sophisticated facilities in the shortest time possible without sacrificing quality or performance. Hybrid Tech has developed and built over 170 cannabis and hemp facilities totaling more than 3 million square feet of processing space.

About GoldCann International Inc.
Goldcann International Inc. is a community-oriented wellness company that plans to specialize in the manufacture of Cannabidiol (CBD) and other cannabinoids for the Mexican market. GoldCann's activities reflect the best of local traditions and culture while adhering to the current Mexican government's commitment to upholding the highest quality standards and maximizing social benefits for underprivileged individuals and communities.

About Hybrid Tech
Hybrid Tech designs cultivation, manufacturing, and extraction facilities, addressing the complexities of developing process innovation with cost-effectiveness. Hybrid Tech brings the project to life, from conceptual design and feasibility studies through permit applications and equipment selection. Hybrid Tech is one of the most experienced firms in the cannabis sector, having successfully worked on over 170 cannabis-specific projects totaling over 3 million square feet in the United States and Canada since 2014.

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