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SEPTEMBER 15, 2020

We are both excited and saddened to announce today that both Andy Joseph, General Manager, and Ben Stephens, Director of Products, have decided to pursue personal interests outside of the company. Andy and Ben are leaving to spend more time with their families but will remain as consultants to assist with our continued business growth.

Andy Joseph, Apeks Supercritical founder

Ben Stephens, Delta Separations founder

Andy is the founder of Apeks Supercritical and Ben the founder of Delta Separations. They brought unique and ground-breaking technologies to the nascent botanical oils extraction industry, growing their companies to be leaders in their respective segments. As well-renowned industry innovators with in-depth expertise in botanical extraction technologies their ongoing involvement will be invaluable to all.   

“It takes a great deal of courage and persistence to start and grow a successful business, but even greater wherewithal to become an industry leader.  Andy and Ben have been successful, each in their own way, and their legacy will live on both in Gibraltar and the industry at large. The great team that makes up our Processing business is a reflection of their dedication to the industry and the people.  We appreciate all that Andy and Ben have contributed and look forward to continuing to work with them in the future.” - Bill Vietas, Group President, Gibraltar Industries.  

The acquisitions of Apeks Supercritical and Delta Separations formed Gibraltar’s Processing Solutions business. Processing Solutions by Gibraltar provides the cannabis and hemp industry with a leading and broad portfolio of processing technologies and know how.

Processing Solutions is part of the Growing & Processing Group of Gibraltar and includes the in industry leading Growing Solutions business including Nexus Corporation, Rough Brothers(RBI) and Thermo Energy Solutions that serve growers with turn key growing solutions.

Andy Joseph founded Apeks Supercritical in 2001 in Ohio. Since then, Apeks has been designing, manufacturing, and advancing botanical oil extraction systems utilizing subcritical and supercritical CO2 — a cleaner,safer, purer, and faster way to extract plant oils. Apeks is proud to utilize the special skills of veterans, including Andy himself who is a US Navy veteran and a two-time navy Achievement medal recipient. 

Ben Stephens founded Delta Separations in 2015, in Santa Rosa,Northern California. Delta is dedicated to developing and advancing equipment using and Ethanol process for safe and efficient extraction of high-quality oil from plant-based biomass. Recent innovations include the first US-manufactured alcohol extraction system to be UL1389 certified with patent pending.  

We wish Andy and Ben all the best in their personal pursuits and look forward to their continued contribution to the ongoing success of the Processing Solutions business of Gibraltar Industries.

The VTS (Vortex Trichome Separator) is making a big splash (literally) in the market. Have you heard about it? If not, read on! If yes, contact us to order yours. Also, be sure to sign up for our webinar series with Frenchy Cannoli - they start on 9/24!

If you’re producing hash to scale, you may want to consider upping the ante on your processing capability with solventless, water-based separation technology. How does the VTS work?  The VTS-50 utilizes a cold water mechanical separation technique to gently separate cannabinoid- and terpene-rich trichomes from biomass. It allows for gentle washing by controlling the vortex speed--one of the keys to minimizing material maceration and unwanted plant particulates to produce lighter colored, higher quality water hash end-product.  
  • Efficient: A two-person crew can output an average of 12-15 kilos of dry hash per day 
  • Easy to clean: Basin is made of sanitary food-grade stainless steel with 2" port for easy drainage 
  • Easy to operate: Runs easily either manually, or with the capability to set repeat recipes for auto operations

The powerful forces created by its cross flow turbulence comes from the bottom-driven paddle in combination with a uniquely shaped wash basin. The result is a maximum separation of resin heads from the plant surface with negligent to non-existent plant-particulate contamination. ​ 

Contact Sales to order yours!

Read about filtering tinctures and the super-fast capacity of Delta's CUP Series! Click here to read more.

Do you have all the equipment you need? Most of our extraction equipment is ready to ship today with no lead times but this won’t last. As harvest season approaches (October-December) we’re starting to experience an influx of orders, so the clock is ticking!  

Contact us today to decide what's right for you!

We're starting to build out a huge resource center that we're going to expand on in the coming months! For a sneak preview, go to The Ultimate Guide to Cannabis Oil Extraction and to download a chart for Cannabinoid Derivatives - we think you'll find it very helpful!

Delta Separations and Apeks Supercritical as Processing Solutions can offer agnostic advice on extraction - it doesn't matter if you're looking for CO2 (clean, pure) or ethanol (fast, bulk), we can help! 

Apeks and Delta together provide your complete Processing Solution! Contact us to find out how we can help your business grow.

Our automation and testing crew works hard to ensure accurate and fast installations on your systems. At Apeks we have Tim Marsh (doubles as a videographer every now and then! who has been with Apeks for 5 years), Trevor Prior, who has been with Apeks since 2016, Jacob Ferrell (who also helps with video production and has been here for 5 years) and Bodie Adams (who came to us as an intern in 2018.

Things are slowly getting back to normal and our crews are able to travel in a limited fashion to customer sites. As always, safety is our priority but wherever possible, our teams will be on the ground helping customers with processing!

Click here to contact the service team!

 The Art of Hash Making with Frenchy Cannoli and the VTS-50 

To celebrate the launch of the Vortex Trichome Separator (VTS-50) we're holding a series of free webinars on the art and craft of water-based hash making with world renowned hash expert Frenchy Cannoli, a California-based teacher, consultant, artisan, and activist dedicated to the production and appreciation of traditional cannabis concentrates.

Frenchy’s lively personality and unique expertise make him a sought-after international speaker,on topics such as the history and evolution of hashish, cannabis terroir, the promise of organic and regenerative cultivation approaches, and the importance of independent “craft” production.  

We'll also be featuring a *live* demonstration of Frenchy using the VTS-50 to make high-quality hash in real-time. Click on the dates below to sign up for this exciting and lively series.  

Part 1: The History of Hashish, 9/24 

Part 2: Hash Making Science & Misconceptions, 10/1 

Part 3: Live Demo: How to Make Hash with the VTS-50, 10/8

And don't forget to have your questions ready for Frenchy because we'll have an open question time on each webinar. We look forward to seeing you on the call!

In the meantime, check out Delta's newest blog article about large scale ethanol extraction!

From our friends in Puerto Rico... living the dream indeed! 

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