GE is expected to plant hundreds of millions of dollars of bamboo at a former factory site in Spokane, Washington, to make the product it plans to sell on the black market.
The $1.9 billion facility will house a 1,000-acre site with 3,600 acres of reclaimed land that once housed a cotton mill.
GE has been working on the plant for years.
The company is hoping the bamboo plant will become a staple in the local food market and attract customers to the nearby city of Spokane.
In the late 1990s, GE introduced the bamboo that can be used in a range of products including cosmetics and household goods.
But now the company is planning to build a bamboo plant in the plant’s original location to produce the product that it wants to sell to the black markets.
GE says it plans the plant to be used primarily as a feedstock for genetically engineered seeds and will produce a new product every two years.
GE officials say the plant will be grown in a sustainable way, and the company will use a certified organic certification to ensure it is not genetically modified.
The plant will provide GE with the required seed stock and a supply of seedlings that are certified organic, said Dan Eberhart, GE’s vice president of product development and agronomy.
The bamboo plant is expected at the plant site in December.
The former mill was closed in 2015 after the county of Spokane declared the property unsafe for human habitation.
The land has been owned by the company since 1998 and was a former cotton mill that employed around 1,500 people.
The site has been a site of industrial activity since 2000, when GE purchased the plant and the surrounding area from the county for $10 million.
GE hopes to bring its bamboo plant to the Spokane area in the coming years.