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Griffin Strengthens Genetic Offering by Partnering with The Hemp Mine

 

 

Griffin Strengthens Genetic Offering by Partnering with The Hemp Mine

Partnership with The Hemp Mine Brings our Customers Industry-Leading Genetic Inputs that are Important to their Success

 

Tewksbury, Mass., November 3, 2020 – Griffin, one of the largest horticultural brokers and suppliers in the United States, announced today that it has entered into a Genetic Distribution Agreement with The Hemp Mine. The Hemp Mine is based out of South Carolina and is a leading genetics provider across the United States.


Griffin works with the strongest breeders in the ornamental world, and we are bringing the same approach to the hemp arena. This partnership strengthens both our genetic offer, and the technical know-how behind the genetics.


“The Hemp Mine understands our expectations for breeding and genetics partners, their genetics are market-focused and proven by trials, and they bring extensive crop knowledge. We believe our partnership with The Hemp Mine brings our customers industry-leading genetic inputs that are important to their success in this young, often dynamic, and sometimes challenging market.” said Tami Van Gaal, CEA Division Leader for Griffin. “We also secure a strong supply chain because The Hemp Mine is partnered with rooting stations that fully understand the young plant market. The rooting stations are true professionals that our customers will know and recognize.”


The partnership allows Griffin to tap into The Hemp Mine's genetics and gives both companies an expanded geographical footprint.


"The Hemp Mine offers a data driven, regionally validated and proven genetic portfolio. We are excited to partner with Griffin to share these genetics with our mutual customers. Our diverse offerings allow customers to choose hemp with characteristics that fit their program needs. The passion Griffin has for offering superior technical support alongside their live goods gives us confidence that we have chosen the right partner. Together, knowing honesty and transparency on genetic performance should be a given, we will ensure customer success in any region in the US." --Travis Higginbotham Owner, Sales & Business Development.

 

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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 more than 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.

 

About The Hemp Mine, LLC:

The Hemp Mine is a vertically integrated family owned and operated hemp company headquartered in South Carolina. The Hemp Mine manages 60 acres of field production, a critical CO2 extraction and THC remediation facility, and a head office combined with a 10,000 ft2 manufacturing facility. Not only does The Hemp Mine plant, cultivate, harvest, dry, extract and manufacture hemp products with sales in over 2,000 retail stores and online but they also have nationwide genetic distribution. The Hemp Mine breeds and regionally trials indoor and outdoor at scale to offer validated hemp genetics to the hemp market. The genetics offered are clones in the form of stage III tissue culture, unrooted cuttings, and rooted cuttings (liners). These are made available to the hemp market through greenhouse production partners across the country. The Hemp Mine comes with decades of commercial horticultural expertise and prides themselves on delivering a science based and data driven perspective to the hemp industry. This industry is composed of multiple different micro-markets throughout the supply chain which are all in dire need of product quality validation, streamlined SOPs (standard operating procedures) and a clear and accurate understanding throughout. The Hemp Mine is constantly challenging the industry status quo from a breeder, farmer, and consumer perspective. www.thehempmine.com

 

 

Media contact: Mariana Haven

Marketing Communications Lead for Griffin

mhaven@griffinmail.com


Griffin Releases Gardening Industry Survey Sponsored by Bonide, Dramm, and Premier

 

Griffin Releases Gardening Industry Survey Sponsored by Bonide, Dramm, and Premier

Survey Shows Robust Influx of Home Gardening Could Last Well Beyond the Pandemic.

Results will be shared during the Griffin Virtual Expo in September

 

Tewksbury, Mass., September 15, 2020 – Griffin, one of the largest horticultural brokers and suppliers in the United States, released today gardening statistics related to COVID-19.  Survey data reveals how home gardening is continuing to take hold as an activity across the country.  The survey polled 1,000 respondents new to gardening in 2020 and data shows that a vast majority (80%) indicated that they will probably or absolutely continue to garden going into 2021.

Other Key Findings from the Survey Include:

        ·  Looking at the geographic data, all regions of the United States saw a relatively even breakdown of those that intended to continue to garden and those that did not.

 

        ·  1,000 respondents had all indicated that they had begun gardening within the last six months. 

 

        ·  The West saw the highest intent (82.8% of users indicated they would probably or absolutely continue gardening) while the lowest intent came out of the Northeast (77.9%).

 

        ·  86.8% of users age 18-24 and 85.1% of users age 35-44 indicated that they intend to continue gardening after the pandemic. These age brackets represent the highest intent, while users age 55-65 represent the lowest intent (74.2%).

 

“Pandemic Gardening has become a ‘thing’, says Jim Rottenberg, Vice President of Retails Sales and Marketing for Griffin.”   “Our customers have been experiencing an influx of new customers particularly with new home gardeners, continued Rottenberg.  While gardening may not seem like an “essential” activity, many are turning to home gardening as a new way to cope during this pandemic. We are also finding that new home gardeners are ready to put their green thumbs to the test, are enjoying it, and will continue to garden past the pandemic.”

For more details related to this survey, we encourage you to visit us at www.griffins.com  or visit our Virtual Expo (under more information)

 

 

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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 more than 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.

 

About Bonide:

Bonide has been trusted since 1926, as the leader in providing the best possible products and solutions for home, lawn, garden and pest problems.  Visit Bonide at www.bonide.com.

 

About Premier:

Premier Tech Horticulture, a Business Unit of Premier Tech, is among the North American leaders of peat moss-based growing media production and distribution. Thanks to its wide network of plants and distribution locations, Premier Tech Horticulture’s products are offered throughout North America and Latin America.  www.premiertech.com

 

About Dramm:

Dramm has been making professional watering tools for nurseries, greenhouse growers and avid gardeners for over 75 years. Dramm strives to produce products that save time and energy while providing quality products that will last a lifetime. For more information about Dramms products and services visit us online at www.dramm.com

 

 

Media contact: Mariana Haven

Marketing Communications Lead for Griffin

mhaven@griffinmail.com


Front Range Biosciences Continues to Grow Hemp Sales and Distribution Network with Griffin Greenhouse Supplies, Inc. Partnership


                                                              
         

Front Range Biosciences Continues to Grow Hemp Sales and Distribution Network with Griffin Greenhouse Supplies, Inc. Partnership

Leading horticultural supplier becomes authorized distributor of world-class
 hemp plants and seeds

LAFAYETTE, CO – TEWKSBURY, MA –  JANUARY 21, 2020Front Range Biosciences (FRB) a technology provider for the breeding and production of new plant varieties and seeds in hemp, coffee and regulated cannabis industries, and Griffin Greenhouse Supplies, Inc. announced today a sales and distribution partnership for hemp plants and hemp seeds. The announcement expands the reach of FRB’s industry-leading, Clean Stock® program, providing a premium selection of rooted cuttings, seedlings and seeds.

Founded in Tewksbury, MA in 1947, Griffin Greenhouse Supplies has grown into the leading greenhouse and nursery supplier in the northeast and mid-Atlantic states. In 2012, Griffin acquired industry leader Syngenta Horticultural Services and has since expanded its reach to the Rocky Mountain region and West Coast. With a nationwide sales force, Griffin has the capacity to distribute FRB’s hemp plants and hemp seeds throughout the burgeoning hemp industry.

“Growers across America know and trust Griffin to deliver uncompromised quality and deep horticultural knowledge,” said Dr. Jonathan Vaught, Co-founder and CEO of Front Range Biosciences. “As an authorized distributor of our Clean Stock hemp varieties, growers nationwide will now have access to the most robust and reliable premium hemp plants available.”

“FRB continues to push the boundaries of science for the betterment of agriculture,” said Tami Van Gaal, CEA Division Leader for Griffin. “As interest in hemp cultivation continues to expand exponentially, the FRB portfolio delivers performance and quality assurance unmatched in the industry.”

For more information on Front Range Biosciences, please visit www.frontrangebio.com
For more information on Griffin Greenhouse Supplies, please visit www.griffins.com


About Front Range Biosciences
Front Range Biosciences is an agricultural technology company that specializes in tissue culture propagation breeding of high-value crops at industrial scale to improve consistency and efficiency for clone and seed production. FRB developed the first Clean Stock® program for cannabis and hemp and has an advanced breeding program for identifying and improving commercially relevant traits. The company has global reach through its facilities in Colorado, California, and Wisconsin, as well as its partnership with the Center for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG) in Barcelona, Spain. FRB's Clean Stock program and breeding platform provide a consistent supply of disease and pathogen-free plants and seeds for farmers and data-driven breeding solutions for creating new plant varieties. FRB is located in Lafayette, Colorado.

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 more than 70 years. For the last six years, Griffin has ushered horticultural expertise and efficiencies to cannabis and hemp cultivation through their Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) Division. 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.

Griffin Greenhouse Supplies Releases Its 2020 Seed & Plant Catalog



The 284-Page Catalog is Most Comprehensive To-Date

Tewksbury, Mass., August 13, 2019 – Griffin, one of the largest horticultural brokers and suppliers in the United States, today announced the availability of its 2020 Seed-Plant Catalog.
The 2020 catalog contains our complete seed assortment and both new and top selling varieties from our key vegetative partners.  In addition, our digital edition includes bonus content to help you select and grow key new series and the most in-demand products. 

What’s new:

  • Over 3,200 seed annuals, perennials, and edibles, including 200 new and improved items
  • 1,100 vegetative annuals and perennials From Syngenta Flowers, Proven Winners, and Dummen Orange and more featuring over 350 new introductions
  • Enhanced digital extras including crop culture guides, variety selection tools and additional resources beyond what you will find in print
A digital version is available now at https://www.griffins.com/publications or call us directly at
1-800-323-7253 to request a printed copy.

"Griffin is uniquely dedicated to the seed business and we always strive to provide the highest quality seed and support to our customers," said Jeanne Svob, Business Manager for Griffin Seed Division. "Our catalog has been the industry’s go-to resource for many years, and this latest edition exemplifies our commitment to our customers and our dedication to be the market’s choice as a seed provider."

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 more than 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.

Griffin to Host New Hemp Grower Workshops for its 38th Annual Expo in Mass. and Penn.


Workshops will provide a valuable horticultural overview for hemp, with a focus on
greenhouse production needs



Success with HempTewksbury, Mass., July 30, 2019 – Griffin, one of the largest horticultural brokers and suppliers in the United States, announced today new educational hemp workshops for both the Mass. and PA. Expo venues.  Growers will learn about infrastructure needs, crop nutrition and crop protection.  For a full description of the sessions and registration details, please visit https://www.griffins.com/cgw19.  

The Massachusetts workshop is scheduled for August 21st at the DCU Center in Worcester. The Pennsylvania workshop is slated for September 24th at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square. Each is a half-day program being held in conjunction with the company’s Grower & Retailer Expos, which are scheduled for August 21-22 and September 25-26 respectively.

“These latest additions to our popular hemp workshops build on our previous highly successful events,” said Tami Van Gaal, division leader for controlled-environment agriculture (CEA) at Griffin.  “We carefully crafted these workshops to meet the needs of an evolving industry and the grower community thinking about adding hemp as a seasonal crop or those considering a full conversion.”

Each workshop will begin at 11:30 am with a catered lunch, followed by the educational sessions. These leading-edge workshops will be presented by Griffin’s innovative product and technical experts who will also be ready to address any questions you may have.  Advance registration is required to attend. Cost is $99.00 per person; group discounts are available.

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 more than 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.

About Expo: Griffin Expos are open to all Griffin customers, including greenhouse and nursery growers, independent garden centers, and controlled-environment agriculture operations. Griffin Expo has been the leading event for growers and retailers for over 30 years and are well known for new product introductions and educational opportunities.  Regardless of where your interests may lie, Griffin Expos is the place to be for growers and retailers to network within the industry, learn, and where customers are offered a range of Expo promotions. Please visit, https://www.griffins.com/griffin-expo.

Griffin Sets Dates for 2019 Grower & Retailer Expos

Tewksbury, Mass., January 10, 2019 – Dates have been set for the 2019 Griffin Grower & Retailer Expos. The company will return to Massachusetts and Pennsylvania to host two Expo events this year, each spanning two days.

The Massachusetts Expo will take place August 21-22, 2019, at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. The Pennsylvania Expo is set for September 25-26, 2019, at the Lancaster County Convention Center in Lancaster, Penn.

The Expos are open to all Griffin customers including greenhouse and nursery growers, independent garden centers and controlled-environment agriculture operations. Both shows feature suppliers, exclusive product specials and educational opportunities representing the company’s full breadth of offer – grower supplies, green goods and retail products.

Since 1981, the Expos have been an annual tradition for Griffin customers. The events serve as a kickoff to the booking season, offering customers a range of Expo-exclusive promotions, booking specials and educational sessions. For more information, log on to www.griffins.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 more than 70 years. Griffin operates 16 fully stocked service centers, serving growers and retailers nationwide. The business also distributes green 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.

Griffin to Bring New Cannabis Growers’ Workshops to Mass. and Penn.

Tewksbury, Mass., July 27, 2018 – Following a successful launch in 2017, Griffin will bring its popular cannabis growers’ workshop back to Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. This year’s program is all-new, for commercial marijuana and hemp growers, focusing specifically on crop fertility and nutrition delivery strategies.

The Massachusetts workshop is scheduled for August 27 at the AC Hotel in Worcester. The Pennsylvania workshop is set for September 25 at the Lancaster County Convention Center in Lancaster. Each is a half-day program preceding the company’s Grower & Retailer Expos, which are scheduled for August 28-29 and September 26-27 respectively.


“This workshop is designed to help operations maximize both crop quality and profit margins,” explains Tami Van Gaal, division leader for controlled-environment agriculture (CEA) at Griffin. “Of the primary consumables in cannabis production, nutrients offer the greatest potential for cost reduction among large-scale, commercial growers.”

Each workshop will begin at noon with a catered lunch, followed by seven educational sessions. The program includes seminars presented by Griffin tech services staff as well as experts from Premier Tech Horticulture, Master Plant-Prod, Anderson Injectors and Dramm Corporation.


“Our goal is to enhance understanding of crop nutrition from the roots up,” Van Gaal continues. “We’ll also walk attendees through how to diagnose fertility problems, using case studies to illustrate the process.”


The Griffin cannabis growers’ workshop is suited to growers using both conventional and organic production methods. Advance registration is required to attend. Cost is $129.00 per person; group discounts are available. Visit http://www.griffins.com/cgw2018 for details and to register.


Those interested in attending the Griffin Grower & Retailer Expos may learn more and register at http://www.griffins.com/griffin-expo. The Expos are open to professional growers and independent retailers at no cost to attend.



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 more than 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.

Griffin Publishes 2019 Seed & Plant Catalog with Bonus Digital Resources

Lisle, Ill., July 25, 2018 – Griffin has announced the publication of its new Seed & Plant catalog for the 2018-19 season. The 2019 Seed & Plant catalog is available now in print and expanded digital formats.

At 280 pages, the print catalog is the company’s most expansive yet, featuring nearly 500 new and improved varieties from the industry’s leading breeders.



Griffin is a stocking distributor of seed crops, and the catalog is a comprehensive guide to the company’s assortment. The 2019 catalog lists more than 3,300 seed annuals, perennials, ornamental grasses, herbs and vegetables.


The company’s brokerage portfolio is also represented. The catalog includes the full vegetative annuals and perennials assortments from Syngenta Flowers, along with new varieties and portfolio highlights from Beekenkamp, Danziger, Dummen Orange, Kientzler, Proven Winners, Sakata and Suntory. New this year, Griffin has added overview information on their chrysanthemum, poinsettia and succulent programs, too.


The digital Seed & Plant catalog retains all of the variety information and photography from the print edition, plus 21 additional resources for growers. These digital extras include crop culture guides, variety selection tools, combo ideas and more to help growers produce their best crops.


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 more than 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.

Griffin to Host East Coast Lettuce & Herb Production Workshops

Tewksbury, Mass., July 20, 2018 – Griffin will host two educational workshops on hydroponic lettuce and herb production, designed for ornamental growers who are considering a shift from flowers to food. The program will come first to the AC Hotel in Worcester, Mass., on August 27. An identical workshop will follow in Lancaster, Penn., at the Lancaster County Convention Center, on September 25.

Each half-day program begins with a catered lunch followed by six educational sessions. Topics will focus on various considerations for growers interested in adding or transitioning production space for leafy greens and herbs. Seminars will be led by Griffin GGSPro technical services staff, along with hydroponics experts from JR Peters, Bioworks, Smithers-Oasis, BioSafe Systems and Bioline AgroSciences.

“Locally sourced produce is hot and carries premium value. This is definitely a growing market,” says Tami Van Gaal, division leader for controlled-environment agriculture (CEA) at Griffin. “It brings opportunity to ornamental producers looking to revitalize, diversify or otherwise expand their businesses.”

The workshops will conclude with a panel discussion, wherein growers will share their experiences and answer attendee questions regarding the production of lettuce, herbs and other leafy greens.

“Transitioning from ornamentals to edibles requires changes to equipment and growing practices,” Van Gaal explains. “Our goal is to share real-world insights, so growers leave with a practical understanding of how these crops differ from flowers and what’s needed to succeed.”

The Griffin lettuce and herb workshop is suited to current and prospective hydroponics growers at every level and operations of all sizes. Advance registration is required to attend. Cost is $129.00 per person; group discounts are available. Visit http://www.griffins.com/lgw2018 for details and to register.

In both locations, the workshop precedes the company’s Grower & Retailer Expos scheduled for August 28-29 and September 26-27 respectively. Those interested in attending the Griffin Expos may learn more and register at http://www.griffins.com/griffin-expo. The Griffin Expos are open to professional growers and independent retailers at no cost to attend.


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 more than 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.

Griffin to Achieve Coast-to-Coast Coverage with New Oregon Distribution Center


Tewksbury, Mass., July 12, 2018 – Griffin announced today that it will open an all-new distribution center in Salem, Ore., in the coming months. The 24,000 square-foot facility will become the sixteenth branch location for Griffin, and the company’s first hard-goods warehouse on the West Coast.

“The Oregon distribution center fulfills our longtime goal of achieving coast-to-coast coverage with all parts of our product offer,” explained Craig Hyslip, chief operating officer at Griffin. The Salem branch follows the company’s hard goods and retail expansion into the Rocky Mountain region with the opening of its Aurora, Colo., facility in early 2017.

Inventory at the new Salem branch will focus on primarily hard goods, along with select retail products. Griffin indicates the product mix will include staples for greenhouse growers as well as nurseries. The warehouse will stock containers, fertilizers, chemical controls, poly film and other items to serve both segments. Specific items and vendors will be catered to the needs and preferences of growers in the Pacific Northwest region.
Griffin is set to open its Salem, Ore., branch in September.

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.


Griffin to Host Colorado Cannabis Growers’ Workshop

Tewksbury, Mass., April 16, 2018 – Griffin will host an educational workshop for commercial marijuana and hemp growers on May 24 at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport in Denver, Colo. The half-day program will focus on many aspects of crop fertility and nutrition delivery strategies.

“The primary consumables in crop production are containers, media, nutrients and crop-protection products,” explains Tami Van Gaal, division leader for controlled-environment agriculture (CEA) at Griffin. “Of these four categories, nutrients offer the greatest potential for cost reduction among large-scale, commercial cannabis growers. This workshop is designed to help operations maximize both crop quality and profit margins.”

The workshop will kick off at noon with a catered lunch, followed by seven educational sessions. The program includes seminars presented by Griffin staff and experts from Premier Tech Horticulture, Master Plant-Prod, Dosatron USA and Dramm Corporation.

“Our goal is to enhance understanding of crop nutrition from the roots up,” Van Gaal continues. “We’ll also walk attendees through how to diagnose fertility problems, using case studies to illustrate the process.”

The Griffin cannabis growers’ workshop is suited to growers using both conventional and organic production methods.

Advance registration is required to attend. Cost is $129.00 per person; group discounts are available. Visit http://www.griffins.com/cgw2018 for details and to register.


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 more than 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

Griffin Sets Dates for 2018 Grower & Retailer Expos

Tewksbury, Mass., November 6, 2017 – Griffin has set the dates for its 2018 Grower & Retailer Expos. The company will host two Expos next year, one each in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania; each will be a two-day event.


The Expos are open to Griffin customers of all types including greenhouse and nursery growers, independent garden centers and controlled-environment agriculture operations. Both shows will feature suppliers, booking specials and educational opportunities representing the full breadth of Griffin’s product offering – hard goods, live goods and retail supplies.

The Massachusetts Expo will take place August 28-29, 2018, at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. The Pennsylvania Expo is set for September 26-27, 2018, 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 sessions. For more information, log on to www.griffins.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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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