How would you describe your company? What is your specialty? Apeks Supercritical is a veteran-owned and operated company located in Johnstown, Ohio. It was founded in 2001 by Andy Joseph and he developed a system to extract oil from botanicals. The company manufactures botanical oil extraction systems utilizing subcritical and supercritical C02, which is a safer, cleaner, purer way to extract plant oils.
What do you offer consumers/clients that others don’t? Experience. The company has been around since 2001 and offers 16 years of knowledge that start-ups lack. We’ve learned what not to do and what to do!
How and why did your company start up? Andy founded Apeks Supercritical in 2001 while serving as the Director of Welding and Testing Labs for Edison Welding Institute (EWI), developers of manufacturing technologies. He first learned about mechanical operations and principles during his six years in the Navy operating nuclear submarine reactors.
With the changing landscape of medical and recreational cannabis, what do you see as the biggest challenges to your progress as a company? Any advantages? The biggest challenge is the lack of regulations surrounding the industry. This means that companies with no credentials can make claims that aren’t true, without any repercussions. For customers, it’s even more difficult because they don’t know what to believe.
What words of advice would you offer anyone seeking to enter the world of cannabis business? Do your research. Start small and build your way up. You may have big dreams of processing 3,000 pounds of plant material a day, but work your way there, and learn the systems before you go all in.
What are the goals and vision moving forward, for your company? Where do you see your company in five years? As one of the license applicants here in Ohio, we’d like to see the company move into the cultivation and dispensary areas. By diversifying into the cultivation and processing of medical cannabis we will have a unique ability to provide direct feedback on the performance of our equipment as well as quickly implement new innovations discovered into our manufacturing process.
What do you hope to accomplish in the cannabis industry? Apeks would like to help educate customers, suppliers and the public in the industry and help them understand the benefits to cannabis, removing some of the stigma attached to it.