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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