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.

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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. […]

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

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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

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August 31, 2010

New Products: Futur Vert’s Lights

Futur Vert’s greenhouse electronic ballasts are small and light, with high power, low harmonic distortion and high energy efficiency. They’re suitable for a wide range of operating voltages: 120, 208, 240, 277, 347 and 400 volts. Ballasts are offered in three different powers: 400, 600 and 1000 watt. The 1000-watt has an option of a dimming function. There is no voltage fluctuation due to the constant power output. High electronic technology makes this product energy saving, environmental friendly and requires less investment. Futur Vert’s LED greenhouse fixture is small and light, with high energy efficiency. The operating voltage is 120 or 240 volts. It can replace a 600-watt HPS grow light. There is no voltage or light fluctuation due to the constant power output. High electronic technology makes this product energy saving, environmental friendly, and less investment.

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August 23, 2010

Svensson Realigns To Enhance Coverage

In its effort to enhance responsiveness and customer service, Svensson has named Mauricio Manotas as its new key accounts manager for the Americas to strengthen coverage in North and Latin America. “We never stop searching for ways to better serve our customers,” says Kurt Parbst, Svensson Americas president. “Customers throughout the Americas will be well served by Mauricio’s move and expanded territory.” With more than 14 years in the greenhouse industry, Manotas brings extensive experience and understanding to his customers. Since joining Svensson in 2004, he has served territories in Canada and Latin America and most recently was based in Bogota, Colombia, serving customers in Latin America, Mexico and Colombia. Now based in British Columbia, Manotas will cover key accounts in the North American territory west of the Rockies as well as continuing to serve his existing customer base. Current and potential customers may reach Mauricio via cell phone at […]

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July 27, 2010

Embracing Energy Efficiency

For many years, greenhouse owners have stared at their gas-fired unit heaters and watched dollar after dollar escape their vents due to inefficiency. Thanks to the Effinity93 from Modine, owners can now embrace a more energy- and cost-efficient greenhouse solution. The Effinity93 is an efficient gas-fired, condensing unit heater that comes in six models–from 135,000 BTU/hr to 310,000 BTU/hr–all operating at 93 percent efficiency. The 93 percent efficiency rating is a dramatic step forward compared to traditional 78 percent seasonally efficient power-vented unit heaters–and even more so versus 65 percent seasonally efficient gravity-vented unit heaters. So how does that translate into savings for a greenhouse? While savings vary depending on location, in many cases across North America just one Effinity93 heater can save more than $1,000 a year in energy costs. And when you take into consideration the actual number of units required to heat a greenhouse, it isn’t difficult […]

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July 19, 2010

BFG Names Broderick Sales Manager

BFG Supply has named Jim Broderick sales manager of the BFG Plant Connection. Broderick will oversee the sales, marketing and operations of the BFG Plant Connection plant brokering service within BFG Supply. Broderick, the former treasurer and interim CEO of OFA, spent most of the last 30 years working in greenhouse and garden center businesses in Ohio. He and his wife also own TFI Inc., a Westerville, Ohio-based company that provides interiorscaping, landscaping, wholesaling and limited grounds and property maintenance. “This move comes about because of the continuing success we’re experiencing in this part of our business,” says Steve Grabski, BFG Supply’s senior vice president of sales and marketing. “The BFG Plant Connection continues to grow at a rate of 20 to 25 percent every year, so bringing Jim and his broad understanding of the floriculture marketplace into this new role will allow us to manage this growth in a […]

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July 14, 2010

Light Scout DLI 100 Light Meter

Sold in a three-pack, the Light Scout DLI 100 Light Meter from Spectrum Technologies offers the greenhouse grower the ability to measure PAR light and calculate Daily Light Integral through the greenhouse. Place one outside the greenhouse, one on a bench and one in a hanging basket, or three in the corners of the greenhouse. Monitor light levels over a 24-hour period to determine if environmental changes need to be made.

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