In Greenhouse Grower’s annual Top 100 Growers ranking, the story remains mostly the same, as the largest growers in the country continue to grow and consolidate and capture additional market share. Accounting for 245,028,051 square feet, Greenhouse Grower’s Top 100 Growers for 2017 now represent 60% of the industry, if measured against the total greenhouse space (409 million square feet) listed in USDA’s 2015 Floriculture Crops Summary, and 32% of the market, compared to the USDA survey’s total covered area figure (737 million square feet).
This year’s big moves happened as the survey was circulating, with No. 2 Costa Farms purchasing Delray Plants (No. 13 in 2016) in March. Dan & Jerry’s Greenhouses (No. 35t) also grew significantly after purchasing DeJong Greenhouses this winter. And with the Altman family (who also own No. 3 Altman Farms) purchasing The Plug Connection in October and EuroAmerican Propagators in March, and combining the two operations, they have become two-time Top 100 Growers in 2017. The Plug Connection makes its debut on the list at No. 65.
Toward the end of 2016, Skagit Gardens and Northwest Horticulture merged, and now the combined operation, Skagit Horticulture, ranks at No. 23.
Growers who have expanded significantly over the past year include Altman Farms, up nearly 1.5 million square feet (s.f.), Metrolina Greenhouses, up 400,000 s.f.; Color Point, up 427,195 s.f.; Green Circle Growers, up 300,000 s.f.; Smith Gardens, up 300,000 s.f.; Dallas Johnson Greenhouses, up 275,000 s.f.; Headstart Nursery, up 206,000 s.f.; and N.G. Heimos Greenhouses, up 100,000 s.f.
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NR = not ranked; t = tie; * = estimate