July 7, 2009

Firm Acquires Stake In Interstate Transport

Palm Beach Capital (PBC) has purchased a significant but non-controlling stake in Interstate Transport, Inc., a logistics, logistics software and freight transportation company. “This is an exciting time for Interstate, our employees and our customers,” says Gloria Higham, Interstate’s executive vice president. “To be approached by a leading private equity firm and to close a deal in this economic environment speaks volumes of our years of operational excellence, steadfast aversion to debt, focus on profitability and dedication to sustainable levels of growth. Over the years, we have waited patiently for the right partner. We now have what we need to continue our amazing journey.” In 2008, Interstate spun its transportation management system, InMotion Global TMS, into its own wholly owned subsidiary, InMotion Global, Inc. The company has also been hiring staff and is expanding its Saint Petersburg, Fla., headquarters. “We are incredibly excited that Palm Beach Capital has partnered with […]

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July 1, 2009

Costa High On New Hydration System

AquaLok, a sustainable hydration system from Freedom Garden Products that releases water and oxygen when plants need them, found a suitor in Costa Farms, which will develop new brands using AquaLok technology across garden centers in North and South America. AquaLok technology allows consumers to expand the watering intervals for their plants, as it cuts the watering schedules in half. Some plant varieties can go a month between watering with the technology. AquaLok, developed by Joe Byles, CEO and president of Freedom Garden Products, will also be available to other indoor and annual plant growers.  “Although I graduated with an aerospace engineering degree,” Byles says, “I was fortunate to combine my engineering background and work with top landscape and irrigation industries to develop new technologies that improve water conservation and save time and money for consumers.” Costa Farms will make a presentation on Aqualok at Short Course in Columbus, Ohio, […]

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June 17, 2009

Advanced Automation

A one-gallon pot is no longer just a one-gallon pot for growers who serve the home improvement chains and mass merchandisers. Retailers want to differentiate with their own pricepoint, sticker and style, and that creates more costs for growers. For a grower like Garden State Growers, which serves Home Depot, Lowe’s and Walmart, keeping production for its three biggest accounts in separate bays is a priority. Shipping a Lowe’s pot to a Home Depot store is an obvious no-no, and general manager Roy den Hollander believes equipment and automation play a big role in Garden State’s accurate track record. “All three retailers want their logo on pots,” den Hollander says. “We’re looking to drop the starter pot into another pot that has the customer-specific information on it. Whether a machine strips one pot and puts on another or puts a pot over starter pots, the idea is to have pots […]

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June 17, 2009

Garden State’s Conveyors: Advanced Automation

A one-gallon pot is no longer just a one-gallon pot for growers who serve the home improvement chains and mass merchandisers. Retailers want to differentiate with their own pricepoint, sticker and style, and that creates more costs for growers. For a grower like Garden State Growers, which serves Home Depot, Lowe’s and Walmart, keeping production for its three biggest accounts in separate bays is a priority. Shipping a Lowe’s pot to a Home Depot store is an obvious no-no, and general manager Roy den Hollander believes equipment and automation play a big role in Garden State’s accurate track record. “All three retailers want their logo on pots,” den Hollander says. “We’re looking to drop the starter pot into another pot that has the customer-specific information on it. Whether a machine strips one pot and puts on another or puts a pot over starter pots, the idea is to have pots […]

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June 17, 2009

Equipment For Efficiency

Dramm The new 65 Touch N’ Flow trigger valve has been completely reengineered for true professional use. The 65 offers double the flow– 11 GPM at 40 PSI–and greatly increased durability. Durability testing at Dramm shows the new 65 is similar to the company’s top-of-the-line 300 brass and aluminum valves. Spectrum Technologies The new FieldScout CM 1000 NDVI (normalized difference vegetation index) meter uses point-and-shoot technology to instantly measure reflected light in red and near infrared spectral bands. The meter uses these measurements to calculate NDVI. The higher the NDVI measurement, the healthier the plant. Growing Systems The lightweight dibbler is available to accurately dibble proper diameter holes into the media of cell packs, plug trays and all other container configurations. Complete with stripper plate that allows for adjustable and uniform pin penetration into cells, flats or pots, the dibbler improves transplanting efficiency. Hoogendoorn The iSii is an advanced greenhouse […]

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June 16, 2009

Need Better Cooling Efficiency?

Quietaire’s evaporative cooling pads offer advantages for more efficient and economical evaporative cooling. Cooling pads are made from a specially formulated cellulose impregnanted with a thermosetting resin. They have a cross-corrugated, angle-flute cellulose construction and are available in thicknesses of 4 or 6 inches. Pads are 12 inches wide and available in 12-inch increments from 24 to 72 inches. One benefit of the cooling pads is they’re durable and long lasting. To get the most out of pads, Quietaire suggests a good preventative maintenance program: –Maintain the pH of the recycled water between 6 and 9. When these limits are exceeded, there is degradation and potential fan failure. –Deposits from salt water will occur at concentrations above 50,000 ppm. Keep salt water concentration in the make up water to less than 40,000 ppm and in recycle water at less than 50,000 ppm. Adjust the bleed-off rate to minimize salt build […]

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June 4, 2009

GGS Buys Niagrow Systems

Structures manufacturer GGS announced the purchase of Niagrow Systems, hot water heating systems supplier for greenhouses in North America. Niagrow Systems Manager Wim van der Windt will continue to manage the company as an independent subsidiary business of GGS. Leigh Coulter, one of the owners of GGS, described the move as the best of all worlds. “GGS is a structures manufacturer, and we are the best at what we do. Niagrow Systems is an engineering design company, and they know heating systems better than anyone else. These are two very different companies. By keeping them under separate management, we ensure that the best qualities of each are focused on. That is better for our customers, and therefore, better for us.” Van der Windt says he is pleased with joining the GGS group of companies. “GGS brings with it a renewed focus in providing the best products and services to greenhouse […]

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June 2, 2009

Knox Nursery Profiting From RFID

Knox Nursery set out last year to market its Grower’s Own RFID-based system to other growers. Now, the system is commercially available, and an upgraded version with additional features is slated to become available in the third quarter this year. RFID Journal recently featured Knox Nursery and the Grower’s Own software system in an article titled “RFID Raises Profits at Plant Nursery.” The Grower’s Own system collects inventory data and enables the staff to know what inventory it has in the greenhouse. The staff knows how much of each item it has, as well as when trays were shipped. Employees can also use it to determine in which section of the greenhouse tray are stored. To revisit our Mid-September feature on Knox Nursery and learn more about its RFID system,.

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May 26, 2009

Big-Time Benches

AgraTech Mobil tray benches are capable of rolling from house to house and even outside for their daily dose of hardening. Mobil tray benches are easy to operate and have long lifespans. Bartlett Bench & Wire Moveable tables offer the same space savings plus significant labor savings. The key benefits are maximum bench and minimum aisle space, and minimal handling expense. Moveable table systems especially make sense when there are several turns of plants in a season in which labor savings are important. Nexus Greenhouse Systems See an immediate impact on your bottom line with Nexus’ proprietary self-watering benches. Reduce labor, shrink and water usage. Nexus benches are an easy-to-maintain, eco-friendly, sustainable solution. Contact Nexus at 800-228-9639 (ext. 543) for more information. Harnois Industries Harnois benches are quick and easy to install. Benches allow for the maximum use of your work area and make every square foot of your greenhouse […]

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May 22, 2009

Mitsubishi Offers ‘Stimulus’ Rebate On Forklifts

Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks just announced an economic rebate stimulus package for customers. Through the end of June, Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks will offer a “Right on the Money” rebate on any purchase, lease or long term rental for three forklift truck models. The ‘Right on the Money’ rebate includes: – $1,000 toward all Class I, electric counterbalanced Mitsubishi forklift trucks –$1,000 toward all Class V, internal combustion pneumatic tire Mitsubishi forklift trucks –$1,500 toward all Class IV, internal combustion cushion tire Mitsubishi forklift trucks “Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks remains committed to supplying reliable and affordable equipment to customers, which we know is particularly important during tough times,” says Jerry Sytsma, general sales manager for Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks. “The ‘Right on the Money’ rebate reinforces that commitment by providing a means for companies to save money while enhancing business operations.” Rebates are available at local Mitsubishi forklift truck dealers through June 30. For […]

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May 12, 2009

Environmental Controls Go Gold

A party is certainly in order for the team at Priva. The kind of party that only comes around every 50 years. “We’re still in the planning process,” says Priva communications specialist Pam Cicci. Priva, a company that specializes in climate control for greenhouse horticulture, got its start back in 1959 under the name Valk & Prins, in De Lier, Netherlands. Back then, this family-owned business began as an importer of heaters for greenhouses. Swift, successful years followed its inception. With innovation in the forefront, Valk and Prins changed its name to Priva in 1965. In the mid-1970s, Priva took a huge technological step and developed the first process computer for horticulture. Now celebrating its 50th year in the industry, the independent Priva is a global market leader in process control for the protected horticulture industry. It devotes 35 percent of its personnel to product development and now has six […]

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May 12, 2009

Growing’s Cooler Side

American Coolair Corp. The Type AL Aluminum Fan was designed to stop concerns about red dust in the damp atmosphere of greenhouses. The Type AL fan has a spun orifice, stamped aluminum blades bolted on a cast aluminum disc and Coolair’s same exclusive drive assembly. Power is applied through V-belts directly to the propeller with blade load concentrated directly over the bearings to eliminate overhang bearing load. Coolerado Corporation The Coolerado C60 boasts easy maintenance, low water use and no chemical refrigerants thanks to its new, patented thermodynamic cycle. An integrated electrical panel and control system, along with tool-less air filter access, makes this air conditioner user-friendly. Also, the C60’s cooling capacity increases as the temperature increases. Ludvig Svensson, Inc. The latest products in the Harmony series feature a closed-structure design that integrates Svensson’s proprietary white strips to go beyond cooling. The white strips offer high-grade light diffusion, which allows […]

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