April 15, 2014
Costa Farms Acquires Houseplant Producer Hermann Engelmann Greenhouses, Inc.
Costa Farms has acquired the business, assets and brands of Hermann Engelmann Greenhouses, Inc. of Apopka, Fla., one of the country’s premiere small-foliage growers. Costa Farms will continue to support the Exotic Angel brand and look to build on its heritage, legacy and portfolio of more than 400 plant varieties.
April 11, 2014
EuroAmerican Propagators Offers New Shipping Solutions
Young plant grower EuroAmerican Propagators has found that in shipping plants to its grower customers, necessity is the mother of invention. Two solutions to grower problems are proving successful and may be available to other growers in the future. EuroAmerican highlighted these at its Spring Trials display at the Ventura Botanical Gardens.
April 5, 2014
Innovation Is Growers’ Salvation, Crum Says
It is critically important to the continued success of your operation that you are continuously observing various operations in action and evaluating crops on a regular basis. Growers must always pursue more efficient and consistent crop production practices.
April 3, 2014
LumiGrow Expands International Sales Reach With Three New Partnerships
LumiGrow, Inc. is strengthening its international reach through new reseller partnerships with CEE Green of Canada, Doctor Green Energy (DRG) of Thailand and TLE Electrical and Data Suppliers (TLE) of Australia.
April 1, 2014
Syndicate Sales Announces Personnel Changes
Syndicate Sales, a manufacturer, importer and distributor to the floral industry, recently announced several strategic positioning changes. Founded in Kokomo, Ind. in 1946, Syndicate is renowned for its quality product delivered at a high level of service.
April 1, 2014
House To Vote On Raising ACA’s 30-Hour Work Week
On Thursday, April 3, the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on H.R. 2575, the “Save American Workers Act," which would raise the Affordable Care Act’s full-time definition from 30 hours of service per week to 40 hours of service per week.
March 27, 2014
Vegetables: Back Where We Started
The ornamental bedding plant industry really started with vegetable growers in the ’60s and ’70s. So while ornamental growers are looking for the next big thing, it’s not all that surprising that many of you are taking a look back at the potential of produce.
March 18, 2014
BioSafe Systems’ Hires Jarod Huck As Florida/Georgia Territory Manager
BioSafe Systems has hired Jarod Huck as Florida./Georgia Territory Manager for the agrichemical division, supporting the crop protection, water treatment and food safety business segments.
February 28, 2014
Donaldson Retires From Sumitomo After 35 Years Of Service To The Industry, Successors Announced
Sumitomo Chemical Companty Ltd. announced that Michael Donaldson will retire at the end of March 2014. Donaldson serves as president and CEO of Valent U.S.A. Corp., Walnut Creek, Calif.; Valent BioSciences Corp., Libertyville, Ill and Pace International, Seattle, Wash., and he is executive officer for Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd.
February 18, 2014
Sedan Floral Rebuilds A Customer Base From Scratch
Sedan Floral lived and nearly died by its old chain store business model. Jonathan Cude says forgetting everything he knew about the greenhouse business and starting over has the operation growing — and profitable — once again.
February 18, 2014
Sedan Floral Reinvents Its Customer Base And Its Business [Slideshow]
Sedan Floral, a Greenhouse Grower Top 100 Grower in Sedan, Kan., was faced with some tough decisions seven years ago. After losing most of the business from two major chain store customer accounts and struggling to pick up the pieces for several years, Sedan’s leadership cut production significantly and reinvented the operation to appeal to a much broader customer base of independent garden centers. That strategy has slowly but surely returned the operation to profitability. A willingness to change everything was necessary for the long-term survival of the company, says Sedan president and CEO Jonathan Cude. “If the current business model you’re using fails to work, be willing to stop, press reset on your brain, erase everything and start over,” Cude says. “Be open to change. “It’s cliché. Everybody says it. But that’s what we did. And it’s working.” In the slideshow below, get a look inside the operation, including […]