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By Tracey Gorrell, Marketing       new wood-fiber alternative to perlite.
            Communications Lead                Oldcastle specializes in bark-based and
                                               loose-fill product. All three companies
            The Griffin Expos have developed a bit   offer retail and professional.
            of a reputation. After all, we’ve been
            hosting these shows for 37 years; word   Many customers book their greenhouse
            was bound to get out. If you know   film orders at the Expo. This year,
            nothing else about the Expos, you know   Lumite was the talk of the show with
            these three things:                their new SunMaster Silver Range
                                               overwintering film. The Silver Range
             1. It’s the place to score the season’s      film  is  an  economical  alternative  to
               best prices on must-have        traditional white, with superior strength
               products for your operation.    and UV-open quality for enhanced light
                                               distribution and plant growth.
             2. It’s a prime opportunity to gain first-
               hand experience with new        The  2018  Expos  were overflowing
               vendors, new products and new   with irresistible new products for retail!   The  Griffin  Expos  are  the  perfect  time
               strategies to advance your success.  Classic Home & Garden made a huge   to secure availability and preferred ship
                                               splash – literally! – with a range of   weeks for new and top-selling plant
             3.  It’s never the same show twice.  decorative fountains. The company’s   varieties. Attendees enjoyed our annual
                                               Concrete Buddies mini planters were   new-varieties seminar, and booked their
            Griffin hosted two Expos this year, rolling   also top sellers. If Expo buzz is any
            first into Worcester, Mass., on August 28-  indicator, these items will surely fly off   2019 programs with leading breeders
            29 at the DCU Center. Then, we set up   IGC shelves come spring.      and  producers including Pleasant
            shop in Lancaster, Penn., on September                                View Gardens, Creek Hill Nursery and
            26-27 at the historic Lancaster County   Profit Parkway, our carefully curated   Barone Gardens.
            Convention Center.                 array of pallet programs and retail-ready   The Expo offer for CEA growers
                                               displays, was back this year, bigger and   continues to expand. This year’s Expos
            Visitors at both shows connected with   better than ever. Pottery from Deroma
            150+ vendor exhibitors, leveraged   (handpicked by the Griffin retail experts)   included more than 70 vendors serving
            dozens of Expo-only booking specials   and pre-merchandised succulents from   the CEA market! First-time exhibitors
            and took in a variety of educational   Timbuk Farms were among the most   included Link4 (greenhouse controls),
            sessions. Whether you’re an ornamental   popular selections in this year’s lineup.  Bioline AgriSciences (biological control
            grower, an independent retailer and/                                  agents) and Tenax (trellis netting).
            or a controlled-environment agriculture   Several retail vendors made their Griffin   Expo attendees also saw innovative
            (CEA) producer, the 2018 Expos had   Expo debut this year. Holiday Bright   new products for CEA among returning
            plenty to offer.                   Lights  captivated with their  collection   vendors. The Turbo Pulse fogger
                                               of commercial-grade holiday lighting,
            Expo attendees had new options to   artificial trees, wreaths and garlands.   from Dramm is well suited to smaller
            meet their growing media needs in   Zenport Industries, a West Coast-  warehouse production spaces. Both JR
            addition to longtime partner Premier   based manufacturer of lawn and   Peters and Master Plant-Prod showed
            Tech Horticulture: Lambert Peat Moss   garden  tools,  is  new  to  the  Northeast   off new water-soluble fertilizer lines for
            and Oldcastle Lawn & Garden. Lambert   market  and  customers  definitely   the CEA market. EcoGrow microgreens
            is a terrific source for compressed peat-  took notice.               trays from The HC Companies were
            based mixes as well as EcoPeat—a                                      another highlight for CEA customers.
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