March 12, 2015
Armstrong Growers And Pike Farms Grow With Sustainable Solutions
Rebuilding and retrofitting greenhouses has been key to Armstrong Growers’ expansion on the West Coast, and Pike Farms will follow the same business model on the East Coast. The four-acre wholesale operation that is currently Pike Farms produces only about 5 percent at the most of Pike Nurseries’ retail garden center needs; however, that’s going to change in the next couple of years.
March 12, 2015
Metrolina Greenhouses Expands With High- And Low-Tech Structures
Heralded as one of the most automated greenhouse operations in the U.S., Metrolina Greenhouses continues to build in Huntersville, N.C., and York, S.C. Art Van Wingerden, chief operating officer and co-owner of Metrolina Greenhouses, estimates that as his big box customers continue to grow at a 3 to 5 percent rate, so will Metrolina Greenhouses’ growing facilities to keep up with demand.
March 10, 2015
Greenhouses Are More Efficient For Marijuana Production
At least 30 percent more efficient and productive than warehouse growing, greenhouses are the way of the future for commercial cannabis production, experts say. Cannabis growers and advisors are starting to move production out of the warehouse and into the greenhouse, to benefit from the efficiencies that the sun’s natural light and environmental controls provide.
March 10, 2015
Pleasant View Gardens Transitions Old-School Hoop Houses To One Energy-Efficient Facility
A new production expansion optimizes labor efficiency and adds growing space, while optimizing energy use.
February 24, 2015
Rough Brothers Takes A Hands-On Approach To Several Projects
Two projects Rough Brothers worked on for Altman plants in Giddings, Texas, and Scissortail Farms in Tulsa County, Okla., show that pre-planning on the grower's part opens the way for a smooth-running expansion project.
February 23, 2015
Stuppy Greenhouse Manufacturing Says Every Customer’s Greenhouse Should Be Unique
Well-suited greenhouses that function efficiently for customers arise from involving them in the design process from start to finish. Stuppy Greenhouse Manufacturing put this philosophy on a greenhouse design for a wholesale grower looking to expand his annuals operation. The grower's needs were simple, yet daunting: design a greenhouse that delivers the perfect growing environment, but keep maintenance and operating costs low.
January 27, 2015
Stricter Energy Codes May Impact Your Ability To Expand
Are you aware stricter energy codes may be on the horizon that will certainly impact your business in a big way? Here's a Q & A from the National Greenhouse Manufacturers Association that helps explain the dangers of the coming energy codes and what we as an industry can do to prevent them.
January 27, 2015
10 Questions To Ask Before Purchasing A Greenhouse Covering
Whether you’re replacing an existing greenhouse covering or building a new greenhouse, it’s a significant investment, so you need to make sure you have the right type of covering to suit your needs and budget. What’s more, with production costs on the rise, you can’t afford to have anything less than a durable, high-quality covering that is energy efficient. To make a smart purchase, do your homework before you buy. A good place to start is by answering the following questions, which will help you separate the good products from the mediocre ones.
January 26, 2015
Greenhouse Growers Look To Build And Retrofit In 2015
You’re likely to see more construction work going on in the greenhouse industry in 2015, according to Greenhouse Grower’s 2015 State of the Industry survey. Responses show growers have high hopes for the future, which may be one reason why more of them are looking to spruce up their facilities.
November 10, 2014
Griffin Announces Dates For 2015 Grower And Retailer Expos
Griffin Grower and Retailer Expo 2015 dates set for Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.
September 30, 2014
Emerald Coast Growers Adds Greenhouse Space To Increase Ornamental Grass Production
Emerald Coast Growers has expanded with the addition of 25,344 square feet at their Milton, Fla., facility. The construction is in response to increased demand for their products, and will primarily be used for ornamental grass production.
June 6, 2014
High Tunnels: Reduce Heating Costs While Improving Bedding Plant Quality [Slideshow]
This is the first article in a two-part series featuring research from Purdue University that focuses on energy-efficient production of cold-tolerant bedding plants.