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Griffin to Host Cannabis Growers’ Workshop in September

Tewksbury, Mass., September 5, 2017 – Griffin will host an educational workshop for medicinal marijuana growers on September 26 at the Lancaster County Convention Center in Lancaster, Penn. The half-day program will include three seminars, presented by members of Griffin’s GGSPro technical services team.


Griffin held its first cannabis growers'
workshop 
on Aug. 22 in Worcester, Mass.
“The workshop includes something for cannabis growers at every level of expertise,” explains Tami Van Gaal, division leader for controlled-environment agriculture (CEA) at Griffin. “The program will help new growers get a solid start in crop production. Experienced commercial growers will gain insights to help improve yields and production efficiency.”

The workshop will begin at noon with a catered lunch. Educational sessions will follow on the topics of sanitation, crop fertility and pest control. The latter will focus on scouting techniques and the use of biological control agents (BCAs).

“We’re seeing strong demand for production advice in the cannabis market,” Van Gaal continues. “Our intention is to equip growers with foundational knowledge and best practices that they can apply right away to see immediate results in their grows.”

The Pennsylvania workshop replicates a cannabis growers’ workshop Griffin conducted on August 22 in Worcester, Mass. Timing of the Lancaster event coincides with the Griffin Grower & Retailer Expo, set for September 27-28 at the same venue.

Advance registration is required to attend the Pennsylvania cannabis growers’ workshop; online registration is now open. Cost to attend is $99.00 per person; group discounts are available. Visit http://www.griffins.com/cgw2017 for details and to register.

About Griffin Greenhouse Supplies

Griffin Greenhouse Supplies, Inc., headquartered in Tewksbury, Mass., has served the needs of growers in greenhouse and nursery production, and independent garden centers for 70 years. Griffin operates 16 fully stocked service centers, serving growers and retailers nationwide. The business also distributes live goods including seed, cuttings and young plants. Griffin is among the premier distributors in the U.S., with an outstanding reputation for operational excellence, high-quality products and superior customer service. For more information, please visit www.griffins.com.

Media contact:

Tracey Gorrell
Marketing Communications Lead
Griffin
tgorrell@griffinmail.com; 630.453.6300

How Griffin Customer Green Mountain Harvest Grew Its Business by 25% with Heliospectra LED Lighting Solutions

Dave Hartshorn, John Farr and Ted Farr have been interested in hydroponics for decades, but the technology wasn’t fully mature until a few years ago. In 2013, the team founded Green Mountain Harvest Hydroponics with a focus on growing spring mix, summer crisp lettuce, basil and watercress. They began with a modest greenhouse that was previously used on a flower farm and eventually secured an account at Whole Foods that has enabled them to scale.

Heliospectra AB’s new lighting solutions have helped accelerate harvest cycles and dramatically improve Green Mountain Harvest Hydroponics’ crop quality and yields.




Cutting-Edge Technology

Green Mountain Harvest Hydroponics was using traditional HPS lights in its greenhouse before partnering with Heliospectra and Griffin - the company’s long-term supplier partner - to install 115 new LED lighting fixtures. Since these lights were a direct replacement of the HPS lights, the installation process was very straightforward and the benefits were quickly apparent to the management team.

“As soon as the new Heliospectra LEDs were installed, Green Mountain recognized immediate benefits from the optimized light spectrum,” said John Farr. “We typically harvested our summer crisp lettuce at 55 days. With Heliospectra, we now harvest between 42 and 45 days. The opportunity to accelerate harvest and create additional revenue cycles significantly scales our business.”

Using an optimized spectrum of red, blue, and white light, Green Mountain achieves better penetration and distribution of light down to the bottom of the plant canopy with the Heliospectra solutions. The new LED lighting also helped reduce light pollution that had been a big issue with the HPS lighting - in fact, the HPS lights had prompted calls from neighbors and even visits from the local fire department.

“The Heliospectra lights mimic the sun and enable Green Mountain to supplement natural daylight during the shorter winter days and adjust to changes in local weather,” added Farr. “The ability to forecast production and predictable, repeatable harvest results has proved invaluable for our business.”


Great, Consistent Results

The Heliospectra lighting solutions helped improve both crop quality and yields while lowering operational costs to bolster profitability.

The Griffin and Green Mountain teams note that the lettuce and basil plants are now sturdier and more compact, with less tip burn and yellowing than those grown under HPS lighting. The increase in fresh weight improves the value of the product for both consumers and the business’ bottom-line. Meanwhile, the Heliospectra lighting solution also enables faster turns and an accelerated production cycle, which will add at least one additional harvest per year and help boost revenue.

“I think the biggest benefits are one, the crop quality and two, the elimination of light pollution,” says Farr. “That was huge for us. Through the Heliospectra lights, we actually grew the business by 25%. Same area, just different lights. Plus, no complaints from the neighbors.”

“If you compare LEDs electricity consumption with that of HPS, there is a huge opportunity for savings which of course is going to be translated to the bottom-line growth for Green Mountain Harvest’s business,” said Mr. Ahmadian. “And there is even greater opportunity for the business to increase yields and improve crop quality with Heliospectra’s solutions.”

“John and many of our customers emphasize that the ability to control the consistency of production and forecasts enables them to take finished goods to market faster. Delivering high-quality produce to grocers and retailers on a consistent, reliable basis creates a significant impact on Green Mountain’s business performance and profitability,” Ahmadian explains.


Looking Ahead

Green Mountain Harvest just broke ground on two new greenhouses that will incorporate the Heliospectra LX intelligent lighting solutions and real-time software controls. With higher quality products, accelerated production, and lower operational costs, the company is well-positioned to succeed as it expands its products into Whole Foods and beyond.

Griffin and Heliospectra work with dedicated growers and growing environments across the globe focused on medicinal cannabis, commercial food crops and a wide variety of flowers and ornamentals.

For more information, download a case study recording or follow Green Mountain Harvest on Facebook.

Visit Griffin online to learn more about how their CEA and horticulture expertise can grow your business.

Visit Heliospectra online to learn more about the company’s market-leading LED lighting solutions.

Master Nursery Garden Centers Adds Griffin to Vendor Roster

  • Griffin joins Master Nursery network of 150+ supplier partners
  • Master Nursery gains new product and service options for member businesses in the Midwest, Rocky Mountain and Pacific Northwest regions
Vacaville, Calif., August 7, 2017 – Master Nursery Garden Centers (“MNGC”) has announced the addition of Griffin Greenhouse Supplies (“Griffin”) to its vendor roster, effective immediately.


Griffin becomes one of five distributors in the MNGC network, and the only supplier with a product mix that spans green goods, hard goods, retail supplies. In total, the MNGC vendor network includes more than 150 manufacturers, growers and service providers.

“Griffin’s broad offer and national reach are terrific complements to our vendor lineup,” said Gerry Docksteader, vice president of operations at MNGC. “This addition enables Master Nursery to expand product and service options for our members, especially throughout the Midwest, Rocky Mountain and Pacific Northwest regions.”

“While Master Nursery is first and foremost a retailer group, nearly half of its members are also growers,” explained Jim Rottenberg, vice president of marketing and retail sales for Griffin. “We’re confident that Master Nursery members will find value not just in our retail products, but in other categories including production supplies and seed.”


About Master Nursery Garden Centers
Master Nursery Garden Centers, Inc., is a member-owned cooperative comprised exclusively of independent retail garden centers. Founded in 1951, the group began as a small number of San Francisco Bay area nurseries looking to share advertising costs. Today, the organization leverages significant purchasing power for its members, with nearly 500 member businesses across the U.S. and Canada. For more information, please visit www.masternursery.com.


About Griffin
Griffin Greenhouse Supplies, Inc., headquartered in Tewksbury, Mass., has served the needs of growers in greenhouse and nursery production, and independent garden centers for 70 years. Griffin operates 16 fully stocked service centers, serving growers and retailers nationwide. The business also distributes live goods including seed, cuttings and young plants. Griffin is among the premier distributors in the U.S., with an outstanding reputation for operational excellence, high-quality products and superior customer service. For more information, please visit www.griffins.com.

Media contacts:
Jamie Grangier-Cummins
Marketing and Communications Administrator
Master Nursery Garden Centers
jamie@masternursery.com; 443.515.0055


Tracey Gorrell
Marketing Communications Lead
Griffin
tgorrell@griffinmail.com; 630.453.6300

Griffin Publishes 2018 Seed & Plant Catalog in Print and Expanded Digital Formats

  • 260-page print catalog features more than 350 new varieties
  • Digital edition includes 20+ additional bonus resources to enhance grower success
  • Print and digital editions available now


Lisle, Ill., July 27, 2017 – Griffin has announced the publication of its new seed and plant catalog for the 2017-18 season. The 2018 catalog is available in both print and digital formats, featuring more than 350 new varieties from the industry’s leading breeders.

The 260-page print catalog covers more than 3,300 seed items including annuals, perennials, ornamental grasses, herbs and vegetables. Vegetative annuals are also featured, including the complete assortment from Syngenta Flowers, plus new introductions and top sellers from seven other major breeders such as Proven Winners and Dummen Orange. For the first time, Griffin has added items from the Kientzler portfolio to its catalog. The 2018 Griffin catalog highlights more than 75 vegetative perennial varieties as well.

The 2018 Seed & Plant digital catalog includes all of the variety information and photography from the print edition, plus additional resources for growers. Griffin has added 21 digital-only extras – crop culture, quick reference guides, mixed container recipes and other tools to enhance production success.

The Griffin 2018 catalog is available now for digital download at www.griffins.com/publications. The digital edition is best suited for use on tablets and computers. Print catalogs are available through your local Griffin sales representative or by calling 800.323.7253.

About Griffin
Griffin Greenhouse Supplies, Inc., headquartered in Tewksbury, Mass., has served the needs of growers in greenhouse and nursery production, and independent garden centers for 70 years. Griffin operates 15 fully stocked service centers, serving growers and retailers nationwide. The business also distributes live goods including seed, cuttings and young plants. Griffin is among the premier distributors in the U.S., with an outstanding reputation for operational excellence, high-quality products and superior customer service. For more information, please visit www.griffins.com.

Media contact:
Tracey Gorrell
Marketing Communications Lead
Griffin


Griffin Announces Seminar Program for 2017 Grower & Retailer Expos

  •      Two seminars will qualify attendees to receive pesticide recertification credits
  •      Retailer-oriented session to focus on differentiation in the container-gardening category
  •      New-variety seminar to cover highlights from the 2017 California Spring Trials
  •      Online registration for Expo attendees is now open at www.griffins.com

Tewksbury, Mass., June 27, 2017 – Griffin recently announced the schedule of educational sessions for its 2017 Griffin Grower & Retailer Expos.
The schedule includes two seminars in which attendees may qualify for pesticide recertification credits. The first, “Hot Topics in Pest Control,” is presented by GGSPro Technical Support Manager Rick Yates. In this one-hour session, Yates will review the latest new products and best practices in pest and disease management. He’ll also share reviews on how recent introductions have performed for growers in real-world conditions. “Hot Topics in Pest Control” is an annual staple, and the most heavily attended Expo seminar each year.
In “How to Fight Foliar Diseases,” Yates will lead a deep dive into prevention and control of foliar diseases including Botrytis, Rhizoctonia, fungal and bacterial leaf spots, as well as downy and powdery mildew. Attendees will learn about detailed rotation strategies, cultural best practices and practical prevention tips. This session and “Hot Topics in Pest Control” are geared toward growers at every level, from beginner to advanced.
“Beyond the Plants: The Magical Mad Potter Tour” is a retail-oriented session presented by John Johnston, Griffin’s retail education manager. Expo visitors are invited to discover custom looks in containers, planting vessels and more to differentiate their retail offer in the all-important container-gardening category. Johnston will share examples from forward-thinking IGCs across the country.
Hundreds of new varieties come to market each year, but which of this year’s introductions deserve a closer look? Griffin Business Manager Jeanne Svob will share top picks from the 2017 California Spring Trials in her seminar, “Meet Your Future Favorites: New Varieties for 2017-18.”
The 2017 Griffin Expos will also include educational sessions presented by HC Companies and Dosatron.
The Massachusetts Expo will take place August 23-24, 2017, at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. This marks a change of venue for the Massachusetts Expo, formerly held at the Eastern States Exposition Center in West Springfield, Mass.
The Pennsylvania Expo is set for September 27-28, 2017, at the Lancaster County Convention Center in Lancaster, Penn.
Online registration for the 2017 Griffin Expos is now open. For schedule details and to register, log on to http://griffins.com/griffin-expo.

About Griffin
Griffin Greenhouse Supplies, Inc., headquartered in Tewksbury, Mass., has served the needs of growers in greenhouse and nursery production, and independent garden centers for 70 years. Griffin operates 15 fully stocked service centers, serving growers and retailers nationwide. The business also distributes live goods including seed, cuttings and young plants. Griffin is among the premier distributors in the U.S., with an outstanding reputation for operational excellence, high-quality products and superior customer service. For more information, please visit www.griffins.com.

Media contact:
Tracey Gorrell
Marketing Communications Lead
Griffin


Griffin Continues Western Expansion with Opening of Colorado Branch Location


  • Griffin has signed agreement to open new branch location in Aurora, Colo.

  • The 18,500 square-foot facility will stock hard goods and select retail products for distribution

  •  Aurora, Colo., branch is set to open in February
Tewksbury, Mass., January 3, 2017 – Griffin announced today that it will open an all-new service center in Aurora, Colo., early this year. The 18,500 square-foot facility will become the fifteenth branch location for Griffin, and the company’s first hard-goods distribution center west of Pennsylvania.

“For several years, Griffin has been working to bring our complete product offering to customers nationwide,” explained Craig Hyslip, chief operating officer at Griffin. “Establishing a distribution center in Colorado is a logical next step in our progression toward that goal."

While Griffin has had live-goods representation in Colorado for many years, the company began establishing hard-goods roots at the beginning of 2016, with the hiring of Bob Conner as its first hard-goods sales representative in the area. “The response has been fantastic, and the territory has developed quickly,” Hyslip confirmed. “Growers in Colorado are seeing the benefits of our integrated solutions. We’re eager to strengthen our connection to these customers, and to be able to serve them with greater speed and efficiency through a local distribution center."

Inventory at the new Aurora branch will focus on primarily hard goods, along with select retail products. Griffin indicates the product mix will include grower staples such as containers, growing media, fertilizers, chemical controls and coverings. Specific items and vendors will be catered to the needs and preferences of growers in the Rocky Mountain region.

John Hyslip will oversee the Aurora branch as western regional operations manager for Griffin. He comes to the role with several years of site-management experience, having previously served as branch manager for the Griffin facility in Cheshire, Conn. Prior to that, John was warehouse manager for the company’s Morgantown, Penn., branch.

Griffin is set to open its Aurora, Colo., branch in February.

About Griffin
Griffin Greenhouse Supplies, Inc., headquartered in Tewksbury, Mass., has served the needs of growers in greenhouse and nursery production, and independent garden centers for 70 years. Griffin operates 15 fully stocked service centers, serving growers and retailers nationwide. The business also distributes live goods including seed, cuttings and young plants. Griffin is among the premier distributors in the U.S., with an outstanding reputation for operational excellence, high-quality products and superior customer service. For more information, please visit www.griffins.com.
 
Media contact:
Tracey Gorrell
Marketing Communications Lead
Griffin



Griffin Announces Dates, New Venue for 2017 Grower & Retailer Expos

  • Mass. Expo will take place in a new venue: DCU Center in Worcester, Mass.
  • Mass. Expo set for August 23-24, 2017, in Worcester, Mass.
  • Penn. Expo set for September 27-28. 2017, in Lancaster, Penn.
Tewksbury, Mass., November 1, 2016 – Griffin has announced the dates for its 2017 Grower & Retailer Expos. The company will host two Expo events in 2017, each spanning two full days. Both shows will feature suppliers and educational sessions representing all facets of Griffin’s business – hard goods, live goods and retail supplies.
The Massachusetts Expo will take place August 23-24, 2017, at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. This marks a change of venue for the Massachusetts Expo, formerly held at the Eastern States Exposition Center in West Springfield, Mass.
“The new Massachusetts venue enables us to deliver an improved experience for our customers and vendors,” Rick Hyslip, president of Griffin, explained. “Attendees will benefit from a larger, more modern exhibit hall, and convenient proximity to hotels and dining.”
“The venue change was driven by the significant growth of our Expos in recent years,” Hyslip continued. “The DCU Center is a better fit for our exhibitors and customers now, and provides us with room for continued growth in the future.”
The Pennsylvania Expo is set for September 27-28, 2017, at the Lancaster County Convention Center in Lancaster, Penn.
The Expos are an annual staple for Griffin customers dating back to 1981. The events serve to kick off the booking season, offering customers a range of Expo-exclusive promotions, booking specials and educational opportunities. For more information, feel free to explore this website.

About Griffin Greenhouse Supplies

Griffin Greenhouse Supplies, Inc., headquartered in Tewksbury, Mass., has served the needs of growers in greenhouse and nursery production, and independent garden centers for more than 65 years. Griffin operates 15 fully stocked service centers, serving growers and retailers nationwide. The business also distributes live goods including seed, cuttings and young plants. Griffin is among the premier distributors in the U.S., with an outstanding reputation for operational excellence, high-quality products and superior customer service. For more information, please visit explore this website.
Media contact:
Tracey Gorrell
Marketing Communications Lead
Griffin
tgorrell@griffinmail.com; 630.453.6300

Bill Watson and Andrea Nelson Join Griffin Sales Team



Tewksbury, Mass., November 15, 2016 – Griffin is pleased to announce two new additions to its sales team. Bill Watson joins Griffin as a Sales Representative serving southern Texas and all of Colorado. Andrea Nelson has been hired as a Sales Representative in the upper Midwest, calling primarily on accounts in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Both Watson and Nelson will focus on sales and support of Griffin’s live-goods products, including seed, cuttings and young plants.
 
Watson is a 30-year veteran of the horticulture industry. His extensive experience includes roles in production, marketing and sales. Most recently, Bill served as President and Director of Sales and Marketing with Grimes Horticulture.
 
Watson holds a bachelor’s degree in plant science from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
 
He is field-based and may be reached by e-mail at bwatson@griffinmail.com or by phone at 720.880.8928.
 
Nelson comes to Griffin with an impressive background both in the industry and beyond. She holds a bachelor’s degree in horticulture from Auburn University, and has worked as a research assistant and, most recently, as a grower for Natural Beauty Growers in Denmark, Wis.
 
Away from the greenhouse, Nelson is a second lieutenant and platoon leader with the Wisconsin Army National Guard; her service includes a one-year tour of duty in Baghdad, Iraq, as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
 
She is based in Wisconsin and can be reached by e-mail at anelson@griffinmail.com or by phone at 920.606.6998.
 
“Both Bill and Andrea share Griffin’s focus on customer success, and know first-hand what it takes for growers and retailers to thrive,” said Brian Sullivan, Director of Sales for Griffin. “We have every confidence that their knowledge and real-world experience will be valuable assets to our customers.”
 
About Griffin Greenhouse Supplies
Griffin Greenhouse Supplies, Inc., headquartered in Tewksbury, Mass., has served the needs of growers in greenhouse and nursery production, and independent garden centers for more than 65 years. Griffin operates 15 fully stocked service centers, serving growers and retailers nationwide. The business also distributes live goods including seed, cuttings and young plants. Griffin is among the premier distributors in the U.S., with an outstanding reputation for operational excellence, high-quality products and superior customer service. For more information, please visit www.griffins.com.
 
Media contact:
Tracey Gorrell
Marketing Communications Lead
Griffin
tgorrell@griffinmail.com; 630.453.6300