After completing a successful summer planting season, Proplant Propagation announces another 5 acre expansion, to be completed in early 2021. In preparation for the expansion the company has doubled down on their biosecurity efforts with the completion of a new, larger and more automated building for cleaning trolleys and trays.
Growing up on the family tomato and pepper greenhouse, managing partners Mike & Paul Berkel are very familiar with the different virus pressures facing growers. Paul Berkel notes “from a young age we were continually taught the importance of sanitizing, both daily and at the end of every crop cycle and it’s a value we’ve continued to hold onto as we’ve taken over Proplant”.
While the greenhouse sector has continued to expand, growers want to work with a propagator they can trust. Proplant has definitely noticed the increased questions and due diligence growers are doing. “Growers continue to ask about our increased standards and want to be confident that they’re going to continually get clean, virus free plants. Anyone can build a greenhouse, but if you don’t prioritize sanitization you’re playing with fire”, states Mike Berkel. Management decided that before starting the next expansion it was imperative to have a larger and more automated area for cleaning trolleys and trays. This allows management to feel confident that their high sanitization standards will continue to be met and exceeded with the additional acreage.
Now with the busy winter propagation season in front of them, Proplant feels confident that they’re more then equipped to have another successful season. They look forward to continually producing the consistent quality that their customers expect.
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