MAYFIELD -- GenCanna has been put in a position of possibly facing bankruptcy court in order for creditors to recoup payments related to an uncompleted hemp processing plant north of Mayfield.
Seven attorneys stood before Graves Circuit Court Judge Tim Stark during Monday's motion hour when the involuntary bankruptcy filing was announced.
According to WPSD Local 6, the GenCanna Mayfield plant's general contractor, Pinnacle Inc., as well as Crawford Sales Inc. and Integrity Architecture PLLC filed the petition for involuntary bankruptcy in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for Kentucky's Eastern District last week.
With the involuntary petition, GenCanna can object and has just over two weeks to respond. It also automatically initiates a stay against creditors seeking collections. GenCanna, whose headquarters is based in Winchester, can also go about its normal business operations.
Paducah-based mechanical and utility contractor Murtco Inc. had initially filed a foreclosure notice against GenCanna, saying the contractor was owed more than $3 million for completed work at the Mayfield plant site.
More than 70 liens have been filed against GenCanna by contractors related to alleged non-payment for work at the facility.
GenCanna has also leased equipment through Graves County Economic Development through a community development block grant. GCED President Ryan Drane has stated that GenCanna has continued to make payments on that lease.
At a December circuit court hearing here, GenCanna attorneys raised the idea of arbitration or mediation to address the liens. James Adams, a Hopkinsville attorney representing the hemp processor, again directed questions Monday to the Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan and Aronoff LLP legal firm. A message to attorney Michael J. Barrie and his assistant were not returned.
A message to GenCanna's vice-president of external relations also was not returned.