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July 16, 2004
Frank's Nursery & Crafts, Inc. announced last week that Walter Spokowski became the new president and CEO of the company effective July 12, 2004. Spokowski came from Woodworkers Warehouse, Inc., where he had been president and CEO since...
July 16, 2004
The North American Horticultural Supply Association (NAHSA) announced its dates and location for 2005’s Annual Meeting as well as a new partnership with the Southeast Greenhouse Conference during its recent Annual Meeting in Cancun, Mexico. In 2005...
July 06, 2004
The Scotts Co. raised its earnings forecast last week and said it was currently looking at options for its poorly international business performance, sending its shares up almost 7 percent, according to Reuters. This information came on the...
July 06, 2004
The Kmart Corporation, announced last week that the company has signed a definitive agreement with Sears, Roebuck and Co., to sell up to 54 Kmart stores for $621 million in cash. The exact number of stores, locations, and total purchase amount are...
July 06, 2004
The Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN) is asking the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) to step up its inspection of Oregon nurseries by developing, implementing and maintaining a state-of-the-art inspection and surveillance program. The ODA...
July 06, 2004
A total of $121,000 has been donated by the Canadian Ornamental Plant Foundation (COPF) over three years to a designated fund for ornamental horticulture research. The fund was established in 2002 with savings from the cost-effective COPF royalty...
July 04, 2004
ANLA and SAF A joint task force convened by the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) and the Society of American Florists (SAF) is studying existing regulations regarding consumer product labeling. The task force was convened...
June 25, 2004
A federal judge is allowing a gender discrimination lawsuit to proceed against Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. on behalf of more than 1.5 million women who have worked for the company, making it the largest private employer civil rights case in U.S. history...
June 25, 2004
Scientists and researchers from around the world have been experimenting with genetic engineering of plants in recent years. They may be closer to representing the future of the industry with some of their recent findings. Scientists are hoping...
June 25, 2004
Many growers in the industry have had to deal with the issue of buying or leasing both their equipment and facility. GPNdiscussed this issue with several growers to find out the benefits of their decision. Here is what some growers had to say. P....
June 25, 2004
Many major organizations, including Wal-Mart, Metro Group, Target, Tesco and the United States Department of Defense, have adopted the use of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to track goods in their supply chain. RFID has the...
June 25, 2004
The Management Clinic, hosted annually by the American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA), announced a change in schedule beginning February 2005. The event's historic ending on Superbowl Sunday prompted a survey, which showed more than 50...
June 17, 2004
Lower oil prices and a boost in gasoline production have prompted the year's first drop in gas prices, with the nation's average price dropping 6 1/2 cents per gallon over the last two weeks. Analysts say that the Organization of the...
June 17, 2004
The American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA) announces the Savings Solutions Program, which implements options that reduce the costs of utilities. More than 60 ANLA member firms have used this program, with a combined projected savings of...
June 17, 2004
On June 4, 2004, the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) issued an emergency 90-day quarantine of all nurseries and compost production facilities in Columbia County after sudden oak death (SOD) was discovered on four rhododendrons at a single...
June 17, 2004
A United States District Court Judge ruling on the effort of several Northeastern companies to get temporary foreign workers this year declared the solution to the current H-2B situation had to be sought in Congress. The companies, led by an...
June 17, 2004
Franks Nursery recently announced the launch of its new "Business Benefits" program available to all licensed businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies. The program offers member companies a 10 percent discount on any...
June 11, 2004
The dramatic rise of chain stores and decline of local businesses has been an ongoing trend in recent years. Big box developers provide an increase in jobs and a boost of tax revenue. They account for a large majority of greenhouse growers'...
June 11, 2004
The recent fluctuations in oil prices have prompted many growers to adjust their fuel surcharges to compensate for added costs. Currently, there are two bills that, if passed, would require a mandatory fuel surcharge when the price of fuel rises...
June 11, 2004
Effective July 1, 2004, Christmas trees will be prohibited in churches, apartment buildings, meeting halls, stores, jails, schools, hospitals, day care centers and any other public gathering place in the state of Washington if they are not equipped...