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February 6, 2013

Landmark Plastic Hires New Vice President, Sales And Marketing

Landmark Plastic Corporation, a manufacturer of thermoformed and injection molded horticultural products, has hired Steve Beall as the company’s new vice president, sales and marketing. Beall has spent more than 20 years in sales and sales management positions, including senior positions at American Greetings Corporation and Hallmark Cards, Inc. Beall also spent more than 10 years in the horticulture industry, most recently serving as vice president Smithers-Oasis, Grower Global Solutions. Beall will be responsible for directing all sales and marketing activities for Landmark Plastic and will report to Chairman and CEO Robert G. Merzweiler. “Steve brings to Landmark a strong background in sales and sales management,” Merzweiler says. “He has been responsible for driving global strategic sales and is highly experienced in marketing, brand strategy, business development and sales execution. Steve’s ability to utilize cross-functional teams will enhance our already strong support of our customers. Steve will work closely with […]

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September 26, 2012

Trays And Containers That Make Planting Easy

CowPots CowPots’ #4 Square containers are the ultimate earth-friendly seed starter pots. These “pots you plant” are made with biodegradable, 100-percent renewable composted cow manure. CowPots are suitable in a greenhouse environment for up to 12 weeks. Once planted, CowPots quickly biodegrade, giving your plants the benefits of manure while virtually eliminating transplant shock. These pots also fit standard plastic carrier, have a porous wall that allows unrestricted root growth and are great for step-up transplants for vegetables and annuals. The manufacturing process removes all of the weeds, pathogens and odor from the manure. This leaves the natural fiber and goodness of manure for a perfectly plantable pot. Flat Tire Décor Flat Tire Décor features innovative products created from recycled tires. The Newport is Flat Tire’s largest and most versatile basket. Due to the uniqueness of the tires and the manufacturing process, each product has its own distinct character, texture, […]

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August 27, 2012

Star Roses and Plants/Conard-Pyle Unveils New Brand, Pot

A new house brand and pot design has been unveiled for the Star Roses and Plants brand, the umbrella brand over Star Roses/Conard-Pyle products. The house brand will be home to roses for which the company is an industry leader and will also include perennials and shrubs. Plants will be displayed in a newly designed pot, featuring the widely recognized chartreuse color that the company uses in all of their marketing and branding efforts. The new pots will first be seen on the Knock Out and Drift rose lines. “We are always working on ways to provide our customers, growers and garden retailers with superior genetics backed by innovative and consistent brand marketing,” says Steve Hutton, president and CEO of Star Roses and Plants/Conard-Pyle. “We are excited about this new brand — Star Roses and Plants — because it allows us to more effectively market our new, exciting lines of […]

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Plant Pie

July 13, 2012

The Plant Pie Method And Container Helps Grow Plants In Shallow Trays

The Plant Pie method, created by Alan Van Wingerden, the owner of OVW Greenhouses, is a patented way of growing plants in a round shallow tray. To see the Plant Pie at the OFA Short Course, visit booth #0607. Proponents of the method boast that it has been found to perform better than the standard method of growing from individual cells, trays and pots. The Plant Pie is also marketed as the latest in plant tray technology for everyone from wholesale greenhouses and landscapers to garden centers and home gardeners. Customers have reported that the Plant Pie produces top-quality, thriving flowers and plants because of how the roots develop. Simply use top-quality soil and follow the  easy directions, and the Plant Pie root system spreads laterally, maximizing the amount of soil within its shallow, 3-inch, ribbed tray. To find out more about the Plant Pie, visit or call 973-633-0682.

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March 5, 2012

Pöppelmann Plastics Launches Redesigned Website

Pöppelmann Plastics, a manufacturer in the plastics processing industry, is pleased to announce the launch of its newly redesigned website,, for 2012. features expanded content, including a company overview, product information, information and literature request forms, and news.   The site also aims to allow visitors to gain a comprehensive understanding of the Pöppelmann Plastics divisions, including TEKU, KAPSTO, K-TECH, and FAMAC.  The TEKU division develops and produces plant pots and cultivation systems for the professional horticulture industry.   “We’re excited to offer this updated resource to our customers,” says TEKU Sales Manager Brian Russell. 

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January 17, 2012

Costa Incorporating Style, Fashion Into Containers

Among the many goals of the team at Costa Farms, ranked third on Greenhouse Grower’s Top 100 Growers List, are to attract more gardeners and boost sales for retailers. To achieve these goals, Costa is teaming with Scheurich USA, a European-based indoor ceramic plant container and accessories manufacturer that incorporates style and fashion into its containers. With more than 120 years of combined tradition in quality indoor plants and pottery, both family owned companies are bonded by common values and growth strategies. “Scheurich’s branding statement, ‘Fashion for Plants,’ now takes on a whole new meaning,” says Jose Smith, president and CEO of Costa Farms. “The combination of our indoor houseplants, Scheurich’s stylish decorative containers and eye-catching displays, is the perfect solution for the retailer and consumer alike.” Both plants and decorative containers are an integral part of home design that consumers demand. Garden retailers have discovered how the power of […]

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October 15, 2011

Is Recycling The Only Answer?

Whose responsibility is it to ensure horticultural plastics are recycled? It’s a question plastics manufacturers, growers and retailers have batted around for years, but it’s a question that still doesn’t have a definitive answer. East Jordan Plastics is clearly the recycling leader among manufacturers, venturing into the business in 2008 with a recycling facility in South Haven, Mich. Other manufacturers, including The Blackmore Company, Dillen Products and Landmark Plastic, are following East Jordan’s lead in plastics recovery at greenhouse operations. A number of growers have been progressive in plastics recovery, as well. North Carolina-based Metrolina Greenhouses, for example, recovers a remarkable number of plastic pots and trays from Walmart and Lowe’s stores. Most trays can be reused and are sorted by type, cleaned and checked back into inventory on shrink-wrapped pallets. The pots and trays that aren’t reused are taken to a nearby plastics recycler in Asheboro, N.C. Independent garden […]

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October 15, 2011

The Wonders Of Plastics

Landmark Plastic’s Jim Frederick recalls visiting a greenhouse operation 20-plus years ago and struggling to sell the value of plastics to a grower whose pots were all clay. But midway through the visit, a stack of clay pots suddenly tipped, slammed into the floor and sent broken pieces in all directions. The incident led to what may have been the easiest sale Frederick has made, as the grower converted his entire business to plastics afterward. More importantly, the incident serves as a welcome reminder of the container options to which growers were once limited. It’s also a reminder of plastic’s ease of handling and its durability, two of plastic’s many advantages. “There’s nothing better than horticultural plastic,” Frederick says. Clearly, plastic is the most-used material on the horticultural containers front. But its role is slowly being challenged by materials like composted cow manure, rice hulls and straw. Many of these […]

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October 15, 2011

Get A Grip On Plastics Pricing

Growers typically lock in on one set of prices–the one they’re paying–in discussions with manufacturers and distributors about pots, trays and other plastic materials. Most growers probably realize there are external factors that influence a manufacturer’s costs, but it’s unlikely they dwell on them a whole lot. One person who’s in tune with the complex plastic resin market is Tony Ferrara, the director of purchasing and logistics at Landmark Plastic who buys all of the Akron, Ohio-based plastic manufacturer’s raw materials. Ferrara advises growers interested in learning more about the factors influencing plastic material costs to spend some time on But perhaps the best starting point to comprehend why pots and trays are priced as such, he says, is to better understand the monumental role of polyethylene and the factors that influence its production. “The plastics world is driven by the production of polyethylene,” Ferrara says. “Everything else is […]

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October 11, 2011

The Future Of Plastics [Special Report]

Let’s face it: Plastic is everywhere. It’s something most of us take for granted, but it’s at the core of so many things we use in everyday life. Plastic is at the core of how greenhouse growers do business, as well. Before the advent of plastic, handling, growing and shipping plants were undertakings we’d snicker at today. Imagine having to make your own flats out of wooden slats or growing in all clay pots: Greenhouse floriculture couldn’t possibly be the mega industry it is without the simplification and flexibility of plastic. Still, as consumers become more aware of their own use of plastic and its impact on the environment, they’re looking to other industries, including ours, and how we’re using it. Can we respond that we’re using it sustainably and that plastic is still the best value for growers, retailers and consumers? The answers according to most plastics manufacturers, as […]

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July 28, 2011

Curbside Recycling: A Step In The Right Direction

One of the biggest challenges facing greenhouse floriculture is plastics recycling at the consumer level. Once the consumer has no need for a flat, pack or pot, whose responsibility is it to ensure those plastics ultimately make their way to a recycling center? The truth is recycling is the responsibility of the entire supply chain, including the consumer, but the pressure to find solutions mounts more on the front end. Raw material cost pressures have mounted in recent years, as well, forcing manufacturers to look for alternatives to polypropylene, which is more than twice the price it was less than two years ago. And in the case of McConkey, a West Coast container manufacturer that also offers product from Dillen Products and East Jordan Plastics, its search for a polypropylene alternative just happens to lead to a recycling solution. “McConkey has spent more than $1 million on research and development to […]

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