Nevada’s The Grove capitalizes on Montel’s high-density mobile cultivation systems

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Legal marijuana is an industry as financially advantageous as it is operationally risky.

In North America alone, Arcview Market Research reported that regulated marijuana sales reached $6.7 billion in 2016, an increase of 30 percent over the previous year. But that's just the start. At its current rate of growth, researchers predict that sales of legal cannabis in the United States and Canada will nearly triple over the next five years.

As North America continues to embrace medical and recreational marijuana with open lungs, grow operations, dispensaries and related enterprises have discovered the many ways this emergent industry eats at their resources like a stoner during a late-night munchie binge.

1. Elusive warehouse vacancies

Cultivating and distributing anything requires storage areas. Consider Denver, Colorado, which we'll use as a microcosm for what's happening with commercial weed-growers. By the end of 2016, grow operations accounted for nearly two-thirds of all Class B and C industrial space in the area, according to CBRE. A similar story plays out everywhere marijuana is legal: Vacancies are hard to find.

2. High cost of space

Even when cannabis businesses do find appropriate space, warehouse owners are likely to charge them more for use, either because of perceived elevated risks or, in the case of properties once occupied by marijuana growers, because of a proven track record for usage. Again turning to Denver as an example, one square foot of space is sometimes two to three times more expensive for marijuana growers than it is for companies operating in agriculture.

3. Energy expenses

Growing marijuana is an energy-intensive process. It requires around-the-clock lighting, heating, cooling and ventilation. According to estimations from an oft-cited cannabis-related energy study from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, legal and illegal marijuana growth accounted for 1 percent of total energy consumption in the U.S. in 2012. That was five years ago, and while many grow ops endorse the use of energy-efficient practices, there's no telling whether their desired sustainability has kept commensurate with the market.

4. Water consumption

Although tragically underreported, a single marijuana plant requires, some estimate, around six gallons of water daily to produce a viable harvest. Now multiply that by thousands of plants growing year-round. Again, for the sake of the environment and drought-ravaged regions where marijuana is legal (we're talking to you, California), the cannabis industry must do more to use water intelligently.

Montel knows what it takes to grow marijuana commercially

In 2015, Montel built a state-of-the-art high-density mobile vertical growing system for The Grove, a 16,000-square-foot medicinal marijuana dispensary in Las Vegas:

  • Installation included 29 42-foot-long carriages spread across four rooms.
  • Racks designed for optimal plant arrangement, doubling availability.
  • Each unit outfitted with individual fuse boxes, fans, hoses and more.
  • System powered by a total of 480 LED lights provided by Montel's LED grow light partner Heliospectra, makers of high-quality lighting solutions and technology for growers.

Montel is happy to announce that The Grove recently invested in SafeAisle electric mobile racking systems for three new vertical-tier grow rooms slated for completion in 2018. For more information on the high-density mobile cultivation system built in 2015, read our blog post or check out our video:

Montel mobile vertical cultivation systems address the biggest problems all grow operations and dispensaries face with exact solutions:

Optimized space: By removing aisles from the equation, legal cannabis companies can reduce their storage footprint without scaling back on yield, making warehouse space easier to find and afford.

Energy efficiency: In-rack LEDs reduce electricity needs. A condensed footprint also allows for HVAC-efficient photosynthesis and a consistent yield.

Water conservation: With watering equipment built into each unit, usage is limited to only what's necessary. Virtually nothing goes to waste.

Are you a grow operation or dispensary looking for a better way to store your plants? Contact your local Authorized Montel Distributor today to find the custom high-density mobile cultivation system for your operations. Click the links below to learn more about our strategic partners Heliospectra and AutoPot.

Set the bar high with Aetnastak cantilever shelving and hanging storage accessories

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We at Montel truly believe anything and everything can fit on a shelf.  All it takes is finding the right shelf for the job.

That's the motivation behind Aetnastak cantilever shelving, the endlessly configurable high-density shelving solution that redefined library storage.

But librarians aren't the only ones impressed by all that Aetnastak can do.  Many of our clients in other lines of work have outfitted these already powerful shelving systems with hanging storage options to suit their diverse needs.

What is Aetnastak cantilever shelving?

There's no such thing as a typical Aetnastak cantilever shelving system. They come in many shapes and styles because the hardware is compatible with compact static modules, Mobilex® mechanical-assist mobile shelving systems and SafeAisle® powered mobile shelving systems.

No matter how you deploy your Aetnastak shelving, you can look forward to these benefits:

  • Efficient storage always: Users can easily adjust the height, length and depth of Aetnastak cantilever shelves to match the dimensions of what they want to store. Choose single- or double-faced storage for extra efficiency. And of course, go mobile with Mobilex or SafeAisle to optimize your footprint even further. No wasted space. Just limitless storage potential.
  • Immediate organization: Arrange your inventory according to what makes sense to you, not what your inflexible shelving forces you to do. Aetnastak cantilever shelving is the storage system that changes with you.
  • Preserve your stock: Not everything takes to standard flat shelves as well as boxes do. There is no shortage of customizable accessories our customers can affix to the Aetnastak cantilever universal frame. Pick the features that protect your inventory and support low-maintenance management. 

Hanging options, however, take Aetnastak cantilever storage to the next level. Here are just a few of the applications our imaginative clients and their local Authorized Montel Distributors thought up:

1. Harness storage

Are you a field service dispatch center with technicians that climb utility poles or repair wind energy turbines? Or are you a small professional bungee company serving local thrillseekers? Either way, your equipment deserves storage that ensures safe usage and management.

2. Parachute storage

Even though parachutes are engineered to endure the harshest conditions, improper storage can damage them and compromise their performance. Aetnastak cantilever shelving with hanging storage accessories all but eliminates those concerns for military paratroopers and commercial parachutists.

3. Outdoor equipment retail storage

If only storing outdoor backpacks was as much fun as adventuring in the wilderness. Designed for the elements, this rugged, bulky equipment does not take to traditional storage well. Hanging storage accessories, on the other hand, keep operations clean and orderly.

4. Kayak storage

A kayak? On a shelf? Forget about it. Unless, of course, you invest in an Aetnastak cantilever shelving system with hanging bars. These features cradle each kayak so retailers and rental services can display them safely.

In fact, hanging bars are so dependable, museums use them to store canoes that are hundreds of years old!

5. Textile storage

Whether you're a textile manufacturer or a retail rug seller, you can enjoy the flexibility of adjustable roll bars on customizable Aetnastak shelving. Double up to maximize your storage area. Be sure to check out our options for static and mobile shelving systems.

6. Military mobility bags

Every good mobility bag has one thing in common: field readiness. Troops deploy at a moment's notice, and so must their mobility bags. Aetnastak cantilever shelving systems give soldiers everything they need to organize their equipment, access it when the time for action comes and keep their supplies safe in the interim.

Aetnastak cantilever storage systems aren't just for libraries. For more information on these and other applications, contact your local Authorized Montel Distributor today.