January 19, 2011
Blooming Nursery Is Saving With Solar
When Oregon grower Grace Dinsdale decided to green up her operation, she turned to one of the oldest deities in all civilization: the Egyptian sun god Ra, along with some more worldly energy devices. Dinsdale, whose Blooming Nursery just southwest of Portland is close to celebrating its 30th anniversary, chose solar energy to reduce the natural gas she was using to heat her greenhouse ranges that house a diverse portfolio of hardy perennials and other plants. One of the main reasons for the switch, she says, was to bring down energy costs. “Our biggest input is labor,” she says. “Our second biggest input is energy.” Why Solar? A motivating factor that steered Dinsdale toward solar energy is an Oregon business energy tax credit equal to 50 percent of the total cost of the solar project. The credit can be amortized over a period of at least five years. “It wouldn’t […]
January 6, 2011
Upcoming Water Education Alliance Events
The Water Education Alliance is hosting an educational webinar on nutritional aspects of water quality January 20 at 2 p.m. ET. The Blackmore Company’s Bill Argo will lead the 30-minute presentation. Register for the webinar at WaterEducationAlliance.org. Additionally, the alliance will conduct a two-day workshop February 2 and 3 in Aurora, Ore. The workshop is broadly focused on water management for floriculture and nursery crops. Registration is $80 per person if completed by January 15. Tours of Monrovia and Woodburn Nursery & Azaleas are included. Learn more here.
January 6, 2011
Hydro Systems Company Acquires Dosmatic
Hydro Systems Company has acquired Dosmatic, based in Carrollton, Texas. Dosmatic is a manufacturer of non-electric chemical metering equipment. Hydro Systems is an independent manufacturer of chemical proportioning and dispensing systems and an operating unit within Dover Corporation’s (NYSE:DOV) Fluid Management segment. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. “Adding Dosmatic’s broad product offering to our product portfolio is extremely exciting,” says Jeff Rowe, Hydro Systems’ president and CEO. “When combined with the high-quality volumetric dispensing products we added through our recent acquisition of Chemilizer, our well-established Hydro brand venturi offerings and our Nova line of peristaltic pump equipment, the Dosmatic line positions Hydro to offer our customers the broadest choice of dispensing system alternatives on the market today.” For more information, visit HydroSystemsCo.com.
December 13, 2010
Green-Tek Adds Fans To Product Portfolio
Green-Tek has an assortment of fans, including HAF, basket, high velocity and exhaust fans. “In a mature market, we must continue to come out with new products, new programs and new locations,” says Paul Jacobson, Green-Tek president. “Adding fans we hope will make it easy for our customers to add on to the complete greenhouse covering package already shipping from Green-Tek to their customer.” Green-Tek stocks fans in both Wisconsin and its new California location Learn more at 800-747-6440 x6.
December 13, 2010
Investment Group Acquires Greenhouse Heating Company
L.B. White Company has been acquired by an investment group including Jeff Diermeier, Rick Diermeier and Kevin Gagermeier. The acquisition includes L.B. White, PSI Heating Systems and two sister companies that make up Hospitality International and La Crosse and Carroll Chair Company. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Rick Diermeier has served as the company’s president and COO since 2004, and Gagermeier has served as CFO since 2007. Jeff Diermeier is the company’s new chairman and is a private investor who was the former CEO of the CFA Institute headquartered in Charlottesville, Va. L.B White is based in Onalaska, Wisc. It manufactures direct-fired forced air, radiant and indirect-fired heaters.
November 22, 2010
New Product: Therma Grow Heaters
[imageviewer] L.B. White Company introduces its next generation of greenhouse heaters: the Therma Grow line designed from the ground up specifically for horticultural use. Therma Grow heaters are direct-fired models that offer were designed to offer better fuel efficiency than traditional vented heaters. Therma Grow heaters carry a 10-year warranty on the heat chamber and case and have completely enclosed and protected components, making for years of trouble-free heating. The design combines efficiency, advanced performance and long-component life to reduce energy and maintenance costs – and help grow profits. These units can be mounted either inside or outside, giving growers flexibility and the ability to free up grow space. Therma Grow heaters come in two output sizes: 120,000 Btu/h and 220,000 Btu/h. They are available in either natural gas or propane configurations. For more information about Therma Grow Heaters or portable temporary heaters, contact an L.B. White representative at 1-800-345-7200. […]
October 21, 2010
Russell Joins Thayer Corporation
Greenhouse system engineer Terry Russell has joined Thayer Corporation of Auburn, Maine, spearheading its commercial greenhouse heating solution efforts. With more than 15 years in the industry, Russell previously worked as a systems designer and engineer for TrueLeaf Technologies and GreenLink LLC. A graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in bioresource engineering, Russell’s experience includes design/engineering of greenhouse heating, irrigation and control systems for commercial, residential and institutional greenhouses. He is a member of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers. Thayer Corporation is a professional engineering and design firm providing a range of HVAC, lighting and audio/visual services to commercial and residential applications, including design/build/maintain mechanical contracting services and fabrication. Thayer Corp is located in Auburn, Maine. Learn more about the company at www.thayercorp.com.
October 14, 2010
Dynamax’s EXO-Skin Sap Flow Sensor
Dynamax recently released the new EXO-Skin heat balance sap flow sensors for measuring “real-time” plant water use. This new design offers more flexibility for stem diameters 9 to 25 millimeters, and the expandable Velstretch insulation makes installation very easy, even on odd branchy stems. It can be used on most crops or trees in the greenhouse or in the field, and is excellent for determining plant transpiration rates, irrigation scheduling or plant stress. Learn more about Dynamax at Dynamax.com.
September 14, 2010
Forsta Filters Announces Water Stewardship Discount
Forsta Filters is offering a discount on projects involving improvements to industrial, infrastructure and agricultural/irrigation design. Sustainable development has emerged in consumer awareness as a result of increased public demand for conscientious business practice and added regulations. Forsta’s full line of self-cleaning screen filters are distinctively designed to assist customers in improving their environmental performance. The Water Stewardship discount may be applied for by filling out a price quote request form at ForstaFilters.com.
September 14, 2010
Aquascape Donates, Installs Rainwater Harvesting System
Aquascape is donating a 500-gallon RainXchange rainwater harvesting system with 20-foot stream to Universal Design Living Laboratory (UDLL), a 3500-square-foot home in Columbus, Ohio. The UDLL project was initiated by Rosemarie Rosetti, a motivational speaker, author and wheelchair user, along with her husband Mark Leder, after a bicycling accident left Rosetti paralyzed from the waist down. The Universal Design Living Laboratory will become a home to Rosetti and Leder upon completion, in addition to serving as a learning resource for builders, designers, architects and consumers. The couple’s mission is to raise awareness of quality indoor and outdoor lifestyle through universal design, green building, safety and healthy home construction practices. Aquascape is inviting a group of Certified Aquascape Contractors to participate in the hands-on training and installation of the RainXchange rainwater harvesting system, which will bring biodiversity and a native aquatic habitat to this suburban property. Rosetti and Leder will be […]
September 2, 2010
Hamilton Unveils Hot Water Boiler Systems
Hamilton Engineering has released its new modular, welded-steel boiler and zone manifold systems that ensure boiler room piping, wiring, gas supply and electrical assembly and configurations are correct when installed. Hamilton’s custom systems are designed as replacements for older boiler systems. They’re capable of expanding, too, as a grower’s heating needs change. Learn more about Hamilton at HamiltonEngineering.com.