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Agri-Starts Turns 25
Agri-Starts, a plant tissue culture company, is celebrating its 25th year in business. New introductions in the coming year will include an edibles program with plants suitable for containers, which will provide customers with an opportunity to take advantage of the growing market trend. “It has been a great pleasure for our company to serve such a wonderful industry, and we are committed to doing so for many years to come,” said Agri-Starts owner Randy Strode. For more information, visit the company’s website.
Dramm Wands Featured on ‘O’ List
Dramm’s colorful 30-inch Touch ‘n’ Flow Wands has made the ‘O’ List, “a few things [Oprah Winfrey] thinks are just great,” in the August issue of O, the Oprah Magazine. It shares the prestigious spotlight with nine other products in the magazine, including stylish cuff bracelets, a pitcher painted with a rooster, workout hoodie jackets, a solar-powered flashlight and über-trendy designer sandals.
John Henry Welcomes New National Sales Director
Rick Vulgamott was recently named John Henry’s new director of sales. He will oversee all aspects of John Henry’s horticulture sales, including value-added products, supermarket and floral, while also managing the company’s sales organization.
Vulgamott brings more than 25 years of experience in the horticulture industry, serving most recently as national director of sales for The Scotts Company. In his career, he has worked closely with the nation’s top growers, nurseries, breeders, mass markets and large independent garden centers. Vulgamott holds a bachelor’s degree in horticulture from the University of Missouri.
For more information on John Henry, a Multi Packaging Solutions company, visit their website or