Sun Gro Beyond Eighty Years
In the spring of 2009 Sun Gro Horticulture® celebrated its 80th birthday. Originally organized as Western Peat Company, Ltd. in Vancouver British Columbia, Sun Gro has grown to become North America’s largest producer of Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss. Sun Gro is the largest distributor of peat moss and peat and bark-based growing media to professional plant growers in the US and Canada and we are a leader in high quality consumer potting soils, garden amendments and fertilizers.
Sun Gro’s first venture into consumer gardening products was Sunshine® Peat Moss. Then in the 1980s, Sunshine® Potting Soils were added to the product line. In 1998, after Sun Gro purchased Pacific Soil, we added the Black Gold® and Nature’s® potting soil, garden amendment and peat moss product lines to the Sun Gro family of home gardening products. Then, in 2006 the Sunshine® Pro product line–which emphasizes garden amendments–was added.
While this genealogy of products might be interesting to some of you, we believe the most important question a gardener should ask is “Why should I purchase my gardening products from an eighty year old company?”
Here are some thoughts for you to consider as you evaluate your gardening product choices.
Sun Gro is a Horticultural Company
Sun Gro has always been a horticultural company. We produce products for both professional and consumer horticultural markets, developing and supplying products that are horticulturally sound. Fancy bags and televisions ads are not what make gardeners request Black Gold®, Sunshine® or Sun Gro’s other consumer brands. It is the fact that we produce a quality product that helps you find success in your garden.
Quality is a way of life at Sun Gro
When a company produces products for the professional horticultural market, it is potentially liable for replacement of the product if the commercial greenhouse or nursery operator does not have success with it. We have found the best way to reduce our liability is to produce a quality initial product that we can stand behind. For many years Sun Gro has maintained an industry-leading quality control system that we use when we are producing both professional and consumer products. Attention to detail in our production process is one of the key things that sets Sun Gro apart from its competitors in the garden center.
Our Secret Ingredient
Unlike some companies that have a secret recipe, the Sun Gro special ingredient is the team of people that develop, produce and sell our products. We begin with our team of horticulturalists who develop product formulations and support the quality control process. The production team takes over and makes sure that all the raw materials meet our quality standards and that the finished product meets our exacting specifications. The final product is something we can be proud of. And finally, the retailers that sell our products are part of our team, too. They are focused on supplying you with quality products and everything you need for gardening success. Check out the retail locator to find one near you.
Sun Gro Stands behind its Products
If, by chance, you have a problem with any of our products, our satisfaction pledge ensures that we make it right. For our home consumers, we’ll gladly refund the purchase price of the product with proof of purchase. Our goal is your satisfaction; we want you to be happy.
Over the past eighty years, we have embraced the wisdom that the customer is always right. And as a horticulture company, we’ve made it a founding principal that we should always strive for continuous improvement in all that we do. Finally, we know that when our products perform, they allow the joy of gardening to spread. After all, when you experience gardening success, we do as well.
Thank you for your business over the years and for continuing to allow Sun Gro to be a part of your future gardening projects.
Sun Gro Horticulture is a Canadian corporation and is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSE: GRO). You can find more information about Sun Gro Horticulture by visiting www.sungro.com.
Find out more about Sun Gro’s exciting and storied history…Download the GrowerTalks Magazine article.
Key Dates in the History of the Sun Gro Horticulture
1929 – Founded in Vancouver as Western Peat Company Ltd.
1947 – Opens production facilities in Manitoba, Canada.
1964 – Opens production facilities in Maisonnette, New Brunswick.
1984 – Acquired operations of Langley Peat North Ltd. of Seba Beach, Alberta.
1987 – Opened two new satellite mix plants, one in Quincy, Michigan and the second in Terrell, Texas.
1997 – Sun Gro receives Wilfred J. Jung Distinguished Service Award from Garden Writers Association
1998 – Acquired Lakeland Peat Moss, Ltd. in Alberta, and Pacific Soils Inc. in Hubbard, Oregon and Fillmore, Utah.
1999 – Acquired Pro Gro Products, Inc. in North and South Carolina. 1999 Acquired Strong-Lite Products Corp. in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and Seneca, Illinois.
2002 – Sun Gro Horticulture Income Fund acquires various assets and related businesses from Hines Horticulture, Inc. and commences operations on March 27th.
2004 – Acquired Lameque Quality Group in New Brunswick. 2004 Acquired The Scotts Company’s Professional Growing Media business.
2005 – Acquired Pigeon Hill Peat in New Brunswick. 2006 Acquired Normiska Peat in Fort Frances, Ontario.
2007 – Acquired Sun-Up Horticulture in Sacramento, Marysville and McFarland, California.
2007 – Acquired Kellogg-Rich Grow in Santa Maria, California.
2007 – Acquired Grow Best Holdings which owns Florida Potting Soils, Inc. and Sunshine Peat, Inc. in Orlando, Florida.
2010 – Sun Gro Horticulture Income Fund completes reorganization of trust structure to a corporation, Sun Gro Horticulture, Inc.
2011 – Sun Gro Horticulture acquired by a privately held company.