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.

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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.

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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 […]

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February 18, 2014

Greenhouse Industry Suppliers Project Growth In 2014

Greenhouse industry vendors are planning for sales growth in 2014 according to Greenhouse Grower's State of the Industry survey.

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February 10, 2014

Angel Plants To Partner With HGTV HOME Plant Collection In Spring 2014

Angel Plants Inc., based in Long Island, N.Y., will be a distribution partner of HGTV's HOME Plant Collection beginning in spring 2014.

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January 30, 2014

Valent And Nufarm Join Forces In The U.S. Turf, Ornamental And Aquatics Market

Valent U.S.A. Corporation and Nufarm Americas Inc. announced on Jan. 29 that Valent has agreed to appoint Nufarm as the exclusive distributor of its branded products for professional turf, ornamental and aquatic uses in the United States, effective Feb. 16, 2014.

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January 22, 2014

Freedom Tree Farms Joins HGTV HOME Plant Collection Growers For 2014

The HGTV HOME Plant Collection has chosen Freedom Tree Farms as a new growing partner for 2014. Freedom Tree Farms, located in Pelham, Tenn., will grow shrubs, annuals and select perennials designed for the south for the Expressions Annuals, Essential Perennials and the Smart & Stylish Shrubs Collections.

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January 17, 2014

Summit Names Stengel As National Sales Manager

Bill Stengel has been named national sales manager of Summit Chemical Co., manufacturer of environmentally responsible products for landscapes and ponds.

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January 17, 2014

Dosatron Names Lundgren As Regional Sales Manager

Dosatron International, Inc. has named Christopher Lundgren as regional sales manager of horticulture. Lundgren brings more than 10 years of horticulture experience to water-powered, proportional chemical injectors provider Dosatron.

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December 30, 2013

Talking Shop: 4 Greenhouse Planning Techniques

These techniques will help you plan your production season with less stress and fewer challenges.

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December 23, 2013

Blair Busenbark Hired To Lead Adaptive Plastics

Adaptive Plastics, Inc. recently welcomed Blair Busenbark in a newly created position as Chief Operations Officer. In his new role, Blair will lead company-wide efforts to develop and implement strategies to grow future B2B and consumer sales of the company.

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