Bloomaker USA Inc. will expand its existing horticulture operation, located in Waynesboro, Virginia
. The company, which has developed and patented new long lasting flowers, will invest more than $2 million to build a new greenhouse, create 98 new jobs in the area.
The company will triple the size of its existing operation, increasing capacity for growing, packing, and shipping its patented “Long Life Tulips” and Amaryllis flowers, which bloom in the home for four to eight weeks. This expansion will allow the company to further meet the growing demands of its major retail customers domestically to major greenhouse retailers internationally to Canada.
According to the Governor’s Office the company plans to grow its sales from $10 million annually to over $25 million annually in five years. The Commonwealth of Virginia is partnering with Augusta County and Bloomaker on this project through the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund.
Governor McAuliffe approved a $50,000 grant from the Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund
grant to assist Augusta County with the project. Through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program, Bloomaker will receive additional funding and services to support its training and retraining activities.
“We are excited for this investment, the partnership with Augusta County and continued growth for the floral industry,” said Joep Pasternostre, President of Bloomaker. “It is the marriage of Dutch entrepreneurship and the American drive and freedom that has created our success. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity that this great country has granted me.”
Governor Terry McAuliffe
said, “Agriculture and forestry are now fully integrated into the state’s strategic economic development platform and I’m committed to creating more jobs in those sectors during my administration. Bloomaker’s announcement today represents the fourth AFID facility grant I’ve awarded during my administration, and it’s a great win for Virginia and Augusta County. Supporting the further development of this innovative and patented product is a unique way for Virginia to diversify our economy, especially in agriculture, Virginia’s largest industry.”
“I am thrilled about the new jobs and investment the Bloomaker expansion brings to the area, and the new energy it brings to Virginia’s horticulture and nursery industry,” said Todd Haymore, Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry. “As the fifth largest agricultural sector in the Commonwealth, the greenhouse and nursery industry generates $272 million in farm sales alone, representing nearly 8 percent of the state’s distribution of cash receipts for agricultural commodities. Bloomaker’s success is a tribute to the leadership of the organization, the quality of its products, as well as the positive business environment and excellent location the Commonwealth offers companies agriculture-based business serving regional, national and international markets.”
The company, in partnership with Virginia and Augusta County, will work with Columbia Gas to extend a nearby natural gas line, about one mile away, to the site. This will strengthen the company’s competitiveness, especially in the long term, by greatly reducing its costs of heating the greenhouse.