Hempline, operating as Stemergy: North America's leading producer of hemp fibers

About Hempline

Hempline (now operating as Stemergy) was founded in 1994, and has since become a leader in the hemp fibre industry in North America. From our current facility, established in 1998 and located in the heart of the agricultural and manufacturing region of South Western Ontario, we supply our hemp fibres to an expanding number of applications. Hempline has seen the demand for our hemp fibres products steadily grow over the years, in part due to our focus on excellent product quality, pricing and service, but also due to the rising cost of other materials such as oil based synthetics, fibre glass, steel and wood. In order to keep up with the popularity of our products we are currently working on an expansion of our processing operation. Your interest in our company and products is appreciated and we look forward to hearing from you about your natural fibre needs.

Our Products and Services

Hempline (now operating as Stemergy) offers primary hemp fibre and core hemp fibre in a wide range of sizes and package formats. We can arrange shipment of our hemp fibre throughout North America or the world. We specialize in the supplying hemp fibre used as fillers and reinforcement to the composite industry. We can custom design a hemp fibre format to suit your application, and with more than 10 years of experience in the natural fibre industry we can offer you superior technical support and service. We welcome new inquires for the use of our hemp fibre products and can provide samples, pricing and technical information as required. If for some reason we do not have a hemp fibre product that suits your needs we can assist you in finding the correct natural fibre that will.

How did we Get Here?

Awarded the first hemp research licences from the Canadian federal government in 1994, Hempline planted, harvested and processed the first crop of hemp fibre to be grown in North America since the 1950s. This first historic crop formed the starting point for Hempline's research and development program to: develop new growing and harvesting technique's; establish hemp fibre grading standards; implement modern hemp fibre processing technology; and create new market opportunities for hemp fibre in a variety of product categories.

During this time period Hempline (now operating as Stemergy) provided a leadership role in legislative changes to hemp the regulation of hemp production in Canada. This effort included testimony to a Canadian Senate Committee in April 1996 by Hempline president, Geof Kime P.Eng., requesting an amendment to Bill C-8 that effectively eliminated the administrative burden on the trade and use of hemp fibre in Canada. Hempline was instrumental in successfully appealing for the implementation of commercial hemp growing regulations in March of 1998. Since that point Canadian farmers have been allowed to grow hemp again on a commercial basis for both fibre and grain.

Due to the positive results of the Company's research and development efforts and the implementation of commercial hemp regulations, Hempline set-up its existing hemp fibre processing operation in the spring of 1998. The operation came on line and produced the first bale of primary hemp fibre in June of 1998, precisely four years after our first research crop was planted. Hempline has since expanded it's product line and the application of its hemp fibres into a wide range of markets including automotive composites, specialty pulp and paper, animal bedding and garden mulch to name a few.

Industrial hemp has proven to be a profitable, naturally renewable resource, with significant economic opportunities and advantages for businesses, processors and farmers alike. As the growth of this industry escalates, Hempline maintains its focus on producing quality hemp fibres at competitive prices for the rapidly growing market of natural fibre consumers and manufacturers.

What does the future hold?

There are many positive trends to indicate that the demand and usage of hemp fibre will continue to see strong and robust growth in the future. The rising price of energy and oil in particular continue to make the cost of synthetic fibres more expensive. Natural materials such as hemp fibre, with excellent performance, can offer a cost effective alternative.

The idea of replacing a non-renewable resource that is pumped or mined from the ground with a renewable, annual resource from plants like hemp is not new – but it is considerably more urgent and economically necessary than ever before. If you couple this with the substantial amount of technological advancements of the past decade in the area of manufacturing renewable resources such as hemp fibre, then the future looks very exciting. If car parts can economically be made from hemp fibre then many other standard, everyday products can't be far behind.

In particular the demand in the building sector for cost effective new technologies and materials that can provide builders, designers, architects and owners with sustainable choices continues to increase. Hemp fibre fits well into this market place and there are many products using hemp fibre either commercially available today or about to be just around the corner. Initiatives such as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) that are standardizing and expanding the acceptance of the green building industry will help lead to the wide scale utilization of products like hemp fibre in the building industry.

Here at Hempline (now operating as Stemergy) we are excited about the positive future for hemp fibre and the many existing and new applications these fibres will be used in. We look forward to hearing from you about how our hemp fibres may be used in your applications, today or in the future.

News paper article from 1998 announcing implementation of commercial hemp growing regualtions and operation of Hempline hemp fibre processing facility. Founding Director of Hempline, Joe Strobel, pictured in front of the Canadian Parliament Buildings in Ottawa during a trip to lobby for hemp regulation changes in March 1994. A Hempline designed custom hemp fibre swather featured on the cover of the Canadian Textile Journal in Feb/Mar 1998. Geof Kime, President of Hempline Inc. shown on the cover of Better Farming Magazine (December 2004) with a car part made from Hemp fibre, and surrounded by bales of hemp fibre.