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July 24, 2009 - 09:43

John Henry Adds New Position, Expands

John Henry recently created a new position to achieve enhanced quality manufacturing and on-time delivery, and subsequently improve customer satisfaction. This new position, fulfillment and inventory analyst, will focus on reducing order turn times, ensuring on-time delivery and streamlining the supply chain.

Julie Noon, a former manager in supply systems and strategy for Chrysler, has taken the position, bringing to it vast experience as an analyst, strategist and change agent in project and supply management.

For more information, visit John Henry's website or

Ellison's Greenhouses Wins State Award

Ellison's Greenhouses, a wholesale supplier of poinsettias and potted foliage plants in Brenham, Texas, recently received a "Small Business of the Year" award for 2009 from the Texas Association of Business.

Ellison's, owned and operated by P.J. Ellison Kalil, serves as an example for all Texas small businesses in terms of entrepreneurship and leadership. Ellison's Greenhouses has consistently contributed time and resources to the betterment of the community. Company president P.J. Ellison has played a leadership role benefiting causes beyond the boundaries of her business. Ellison's also has been an innovator in its industry, overcoming adversity, solving problems and seizing opportunities.

For more information about Ellison's Greenhouses, call (979) 836-6011 or visit their website.

Floranova Moves Sales Office to California Facility

Floranova is relocating its North American sales office to its breeding facility in Lompoc, Calif.

"The relocation of the sales office to Lompoc is key to our success in the North American market," said Dominic Lacey, managing director. "The centralization of functions will provide a critical mass, aid communication and enable a broader and larger seed inventory to be held in the United States, which is essential to respond quickly to the demands of our customers."

Gwyn Mickelson will join the Lompoc team as customer services manager. She previously worked for Ball and Waller in customer service roles and will be responsible for all North American customer service for Sakata.

Shannon Trowbridge will take on a new account manager position. She will operate from Indiana, providing enhanced sales support to a number of distributor and retail customers.

Dana Richards will fill the new stock seed manager position. His role will focus on basic and stock seed performance and purity. He will provide specialist production support as well, liaising closely with producers alongside the existing production team. Dana has a great deal of production experience in the flower seed industry with companies such as Bodger, Waller and Pan American.

The new office is located at 222 North A St., Lompoc, CA 93436. Sakata staff can be reached at (805) 737-1962, (805) 737-1963 (fax) or

D.S. Cole Growers Announces Open House

D.S. Cole Growers in Loudon, N.H., recently announced its annual open house event, which will be held this year on Thursday, Aug. 6.

The event will feature a similar schedule to years past, with food served all day and the grill running from 11 a.m. onward. The biggest change this year is the end of the 105 tray. Customers are asking for choice, said owner Doug Cole, and all varieties that were sold in 105-count trays will now be sold only as 51-count trays, allowing more choices and easier ordering. Customers will also see 11 offerings of collections, such as a combination tray of echeverias or ferns.

Other news includes the reselecting of D.S. Cole's Rosebud double impatiens and the addition of D.S. Cole Growers as a supplier of Sun Parasol mandevilla.

"We look forward to seeing our customers to hear how products work for them, and to show the many new products for the coming year," said Doug Cole.

For more information on the open house and D.S. Cole Growers, visit the company's website.

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