Heartland's 2023 Year in Review Article

Heartland Industries – 2023: A Year of Sustainability, Innovation, and Growth

As we step into a new year, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on the remarkable journey that was 2023 for Heartland Industries. This past year was marked by groundbreaking achievements, significant partnerships, and an unwavering commitment to sustainability and innovation. 

From winning industry awards to expanding our company footprint and pioneering sustainable practices, Heartland Industries has seen some incredible advances in the past year. Join us on a journey through the highlights that propelled us further on our mission to shape a more sustainable future.


In January, Heartland contracted the most acreage for industrial hemp production in our history – over 2000 acres in Michigan alone. Read about it here


February marked the start of Greentown Labs GoMove Workshops for the year. Heartland enthusiastically joined the initiative, working towards automotive industry decarbonization under the excellent guidance of the sponsoring partners BASF and Magna, whose leadership was vital to our success. Learn about GoMove

February also saw Heartland and our CEO, Jesse Henry featured in Bioplastics Magazine – Read more here


In March, Heartland proudly introduced the Engage Software Platform, a powerful addition to our technological innovations. Engage is designed to enable manufacturers to calculate their emissions in minutes.

That month Heartland was also accepted into the gener8tor 1915 Studios program in partnership with Georgia Pacific.


Our CMO, John Ely, achieved recognition in April, winning the prestigious OnCon Icon Marketer Award. His leadership and contributions to the marketing field were celebrated. Read more


Heartland celebrated the graduation from the Greentown Labs GoMove Program in May, 2023, showcasing our commitment to sustainable practices. Read more here


In June, Heartland marked another milestone with graduation from the gener8tor gBeta Program, conducted in partnership with Georgia Pacific and their Neenah Technical Center. Read about it


Heartland took a significant step in July by planting over 2000 acres of industrial hemp in Michigan, contributing over 15% of America’s supply of industrial hemp fiber.

Heartland’s CEO, Jesse Henry speaks at the first SPE Innovation Summit at Ohio State and introduces Heartland’s Green Packaging Initiative aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of industrial packaging – More on SPE here


August witnessed Heartland achieving a major production milestone by capping our first commercial processing efforts with a throughput exceeding 30,000 lbs. of Imperium Masterbatch per day.


Heartland made its presence felt at the Detroit Auto Show 2023, showcasing our commitment to automotive innovation and sustainability through decarbonization of plastics in the industry.


In October, John shared his expertise on decarbonizing automotive plastics at the CARES 2023 Detroit conference, highlighting Heartland’s dedication to sustainability. Learn more about CARES.

Jesse Spoke at Sustainable Brands (SB) 2023 in San Diego leading a discussion on next-generation materials. More on SB here

John Spoke at the gener8tor Manufacturing Conference outlining Heartland’s commitment to sustainability and the support of manufacturers’ Net Zero goals. Read more


We celebrated a bountiful harvest in November, with Heartland harvesting over 2000 acres of industrial hemp in Michigan. Our largest crop in the history of the company! 


December was a month of significant partnerships and production milestones. Heartland partnered with the Hemp Fiber and Grain Association, reinforcing our commitment to the hemp industry. Discover HFGA 

Additionally, we initiated commercial production of the 2023 harvest, and began processing over 5 million pounds of industrial hemp fiber.

Yes, 2023 was a banner year for us at Heartland, but there’s even more in store for 2024! 

Join us in creating a carbon-negative future. 

Heartland Team