Case study:
Firelands Scientific

Firelands Scientific is one of 15 licensed medical cannabis cultivators in the state of Ohio. Firelands wanted to expand into manufacturing (extraction) and edible production.

Problem statement

Firelands was awarded a conditional manufacturing license for medical cannabis products in the state of Ohio and had 6 months to start operations but they didn't have the expertise, team or time to implement design, equipment selection, SOP’s, formulations, hire and train the team.

Proposed Solution & Architecture

At Whole Grow we realized the client didn't have time to do this alone but wanted to stay in control, so we decided to educate the team at Firelands on how to make quick decisions using first-hand knowledge about industry processes. After an initial discovery session, we realized an aggressive project plan needs to be put in place that focuses on budget and a strict schedule. We determined that the most critical decision to be made was regarding the extraction method and desired products. For that we created a simplified comparative approach where we showed the entire system of machinery for Ethanol, CO2, BHO and Solventless.

What services were used as part of the solution?

  • Business Planning

  • Financial Proformas

  • Facility Design

  • Equipment Selection

  • Operations Plan

  • Product Development

  • Recruitment and Training

Results from the solution

WG was able to deliver its services on a very tight timeline of six months allowing the client to receive their permanent manufacturing license, and launching their product lines successfully. The customer was able to increase their operation from cultivation to extraction in CO2 and Solventless and create an edible line with a commercial kitchen. This ambitious project allowed Firelands to diversify their product portfolio, and expand their brand presence throughout the state of Ohio.

Metrics for success

  • Production processes developed within a six month time-frame that started
  • Products approved by the board of pharmacy
  • Products launched and budget met

Lessons learned / outcomes

WG learned to navigate the difficulty of educating a client while sticking to the schedule and holding the client accountable to make decisions on time and within budget. We confirmed the importance of project planning and the benefit of our collaborative approach in project management.

Read some of their testimonials

Helen Gomez

Helen Gomez

CEO The High End

Massachusetts

Rudy was the only consultant that we met over the course of a year of searching that had not only built his own cannabis business from the ground up, but a wildly successful one at that! Rudy developed and scaled exactly what we were looking for – an indoor organic living soil cultivation program that produced award-winning cannabis. And, he created a corporate culture and working environment that earned his company several "best place to work".

Alisia Ratliff

Alisia Ratliff

Director of Processing Firelands Scientific, Ohio

Ohio

Whole Grow was contracted to guide our facility design source equipment to outfit the entire processing division, provide SOPs and initial operating parameters formulating and defining our SKUs, provide training. They have tremendous amount of knowledge and great connections! They were flexible and eager to do as much as it took to see our start up succeed. They provide solutions and expertise in every area starting up a vertically-integrated business.

Jeff Lowenfels

Jeff Lowenfels

Author of Teaming with Microbes

Given my belief in the soil food web, it is no wonder that my path led to Rudy. He literally grew Colorado’s largest organic dispensary into the paragon of the industry. There is only one way to ensure success as a grower in this industry: Grow organic. The best way to accomplish this or even improve on it, is to work with (Whole Grow) Not only is Rudy on the cutting edge of organic science and horticultural processes, he has the experience to meld this knowledge with running successful grow operations

John Kagia

John Kagia

Chief knowledge officer, New Frontier Data

In an industry of innovators, builders, and game-changers, Rudy stands out. His passion for growing exceptional organic cannabis is matched only by his commitment to creating highly collaborative environments in which teams can thrive. His experience building successful companies in cannabis and other industries have made him a sought-after thought leader and adviser to companies seeking transformative growth.

Cassandra Maffey

Cassandra Maffey

Founder and CEO - Fire Tower

Rudy is a passionate and driven entrepreneur, who brings valuable insight and leadership into both new and established projects, and can evolve with a company to help it become both profitable and scalable. Rudy achieves financial success without ever losing sight of the value of each of his team members, both junior and senior. He creates a culture that balances efficiency and personal growth, which results in stable and long-lasting success.

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