February 22, 2011
Aquascape Green Roof Collapses
Heavy snows in the Chicago area caused the covered parking lot structure holding portions of Aquascape Inc.’s green roof to collapsed on February 13. The The company’s main warehouse sustained window damage in the collapse. According to the company, nearly 21 inches of snow had fallen in less than 24 hours accompanied by freezing temperatures, later followed by above freezing temperatures causing a quick thaw. An ice dam at the base is suspected to have backed the water up over the parking structure causing its collapse. The accident occurred on a Sunday, so no one was injured. “We are so lucky that no inventory was damaged,” added Roberto Cosme, Aquascape’s Warehouse Manager. “As soon as we are cleared to go back into the building, it should be business as usual.” The snow damage caused a temporary loss of power to the Aquascape headquarters, affecting the company’s phone, e-mail and Internet. […]
February 16, 2011
Fire At Florida Orchid Grower
A fire swept through Sun Bulb Company, an orchid grower in Arcadia, Fla., on Sunday. A passerby alerted fire authorities before catastrophic damage was done to a production area and adjacent growing areas at the 55-year-old company’s main facility. Authorities indicate the cause of the fire was an electric malfunction in an industrial compressor used in the production area. No injuries were reported. Sun Bulb did sustain significant losses to plants and pottery, but the company continues to do business despite the incident. “Not a single scheduled shipment was missed on Monday, Feb. 14,” says Vice President Rod Hollingsworth. “All orders shipped as usual, and we do not expect this to negatively impact our production moving forward.” Sun Bulb’s other growing facilities in northern Desoto County and Apopka, Fla., have played instrumental roles in providing immediate backup supplies of orchids, ferns and other tropicals. Learn more about Sun Bulb Company […]
January 13, 2011
Ecke Expanding In Guatemala
Ecke Ranch initiated a major expansion to its farms in Guatemala in December. Due to the success and expansion of products and the closer relationships with customers, Ecke Ranch is in need of additional offshore capacity and is building a new farm to support this demand. “Farm 3 adds new capacity to satisfy demand in several key crop areas.” says Steve Rinehart, chief operating officer. The initial phase will cover approximately 250,000 square feet. The new farm is adjacent to Farm 1 and allows for excellent efficiencies of scale and management functions. “We will have site growers on the new farm, but the overall management can be done from Farm 1, which capitalizes on the long and successful history of producing high quality products,” Rinehart says. Adds Andy Higgins, Ecke Ranch president: “Ecke believes further industry concentration necessitates the need for larger, fully-integrated offshore facilities capable of servicing the needs […]
January 6, 2011
Rimol Greenhouse Systems Partners With American Hydroponics
Rimol Greenhouse Systems (RGS) and American Hydroponics (AmHydro) have entered a partnership to provide growers with design and implementation of greenhouses and hydroponic systems. “Given the unprecedented rise of the hydroponics industry and the fact that more and more people are recognizing the benefits of locally grown food, this partnership makes sense on so many different levels,” said Bob Rimol, founder of Rimol Greenhouse Systems. “We understand that by partnering, we can offer our customers the best possible blueprint and game plan to grow healthier and safer food for themselves and their neighbors.” RGS designs, manufactures and installs greenhouse structures and systems that control light, temperature (heating and cooling), CO2 and the overall environment. Even insect control is factored into the overall greenhouse design, which also takes into account the best crops to grow, budget and revenue expectations. American Hydroponics has been providing crop performance products and services for growers […]
December 28, 2010
Metrolina Greenhouses Expansion Approved
Metrolina Greenhouses, a Top 100 Grower located in Huntersville, N.C., has received the town’s approval on a zoning change that will allow for a 1.5 million-square-foot expansion. The Charlotte Observer reports that on Dec. 20, the Huntersville Board of Commissioners unanimously approved rezoning about 133 acres to make the expansion possible. President Art Van Wingerden told the Observer recently that the company hopes to finish grading on the expansion by the end of 2011 and to start construction in 2011 or 2012, depending on market conditions. The expansion will add 35 jobs to Metrolina’s staff of 500 full-time workers, Van Wingerden told the Observer.
December 13, 2010
Svensson Expands Marketing Team
Stella Thomas has joined Ludvig Svensson as marketing assistant. “In just a short time working with us on a project basis, Stella has successfully implemented a customer satisfaction survey, a webinar series, coordinated messaging and a newsletter,” says Kurt Parbst, president of Svensson’s North and South American subsidiary. “I look forward to further growth and enhancement in our communications with growers across the Americas.” In her role, Thomas will develop communications materials to help Svensson maintain and enhance its key position in the greenhouse industry. Her responsibilities include supporting all sales, marketing and trade show activities and coordinating with remote sales personnel. Thomas holds a bachelor’s of science in textile management with a concentration in brand management and marketing from North Caroline State University. For more information on Ludvig Svensson, visit LudvigSvensson.com.
November 30, 2010
Slideshow: Aris’s Greenhouse Construction
[imageviewer] Aris Horticulture’s construction of 239,580 square feet of new greenhouses is moving along quickly at its Keepsake Plants facility in Fort Myers, Fla. The construction is part of a consolidation of facilities between the company’s locations in Fort Myers and Parrish, Fla. “Replacing some older facilities allows the company to further take advantage of the southwest Florida growing environment, providing increased stock capacity for tropical hibiscus and mandevilla, and improving quality of azalea production,” says Gary Knipe, managing director. “The consolidation of orders between farms will make ordering and shipping of multiple products easier for our customers and more efficient for us.” The first plantings started in early November, only a few months after construction began. The target date for the new greenhouses to be fully operational is mid-January. Products grown at the Fort Myers facility includes azaleas, tropical hibiscus, mandevillas potted roses and rooted garden mums and asters.
November 17, 2010
Emerald Coast Expands Perennial Propagation Space
[imageviewer] Emerald Coast Growers sees growth and the potential for more in the perennial young plant market. To meet that growth and potential, the operation is adding three new greenhouse blocks at two of its Florida locations. At headquarters in Pensacola, two new houses totaling about 15,000 square feet are dedicated to propagating some of the company’s hundreds of perennial varieties. The gas-heated, double-poly structures are equipped with mist irrigation and grow lights. As of early November, they were finished and being covered. The company’s largest facility is a 50-acre farm near Milton, Fla., where most grasses are field-grown and divided in greenhouses. Here, the third greenhouse will bring 20,000 square feet online with January as the target completion month. The greenhouses are XS Smith’s Criteria series. "[It’s] the perfect house for the Southeast, and the price is right,” says Paul Babikow, Emerald Coast co-owner. “For what we needed, these […]
November 11, 2010
Orchid Grower Silver Vase Adds New Facility
[imageviewer] Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Orchid and bromeliad producer Silver Vase has added a new facility in Central Florida. It has contracted to use Magic Tropicals’ facility in Apopka, Fla., to flower, pack and ship Silver Vase’s European varieties. “Demand for our beautiful and long-lasting products has far exceeded expectations, and we immediately went into action with a solution that allows us to seamlessly serve our customers’ increased needs and higher expectations while maintaining our signature level of service and quality,” says Silver Vase CEO Andrew Bartha. “Added to that, our customers will enjoy further time savings on shorter distribution distance, greater trucking options and larger plant availability, and will be able to pick up product at one of the great horticultural hubs of our country.” This arrangement allows Silver Vase to supply an additional 17,000 orchids and 4,000 bromeliads a week, along with its new line of […]
October 4, 2010
New Denver Botanic Gardens Greenhouses Are Standouts
[imageviewer] The Denver Botanic Gardens is an oasis in the middle of the City of Denver. The new, $15 million, 15,000 square foot greenhouse production range and Orangerie officially opened the week of Sept. 20. The project was publicly funded through a voter-approved Better Denver Bond Program that included additional revitalization efforts around the city. Nexus Greenhouse Co. was the design/build/manufacturer of the production range, as well as the Orangerie. There are six Vail, gutter-connected structures in the production range, each 30-feet x 88-feet. They are divided into 12 zones with a 10-foot corridor and a 17-foot gutter height. Glazing is 16-mm impact modified acrylic and Viracon low Solar screen low-E (emissivity) insulated glass. The Orangerie is a 14-feet by 195-feet and 14-feet by 34-feet aluminum lean-to greenhouse with Acrylic and Viracon glazing with roll-up style doors. The new complex features state-of-the-art greenhouses with flexibility for 12 climate control options. […]
September 20, 2010
Ohio State Greenhouses Damaged In Tornado
A tornado ripped through the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) on the campus of Ohio State University in Wooster last Thursday, flattening one greenhouse and damaging others. One student suffered injuries, but most of the 400 or so faculty and staff at the facility had already left before the storm arrived. OARDC spokesman Mauricio Espinoza told the Akron Beacon Journal that half of the three-story Agricultural Engineering Building was flattened. Photos of the damage, including a car blown over from a parking lot that rests in front of a research greenhouse, can be seen at Ohio.com.