by Richard Lutes | June 25, 2015

Bloomaker USA held a gala May 15 in its newly constructed greenhouse facility in Waynesboro, VA, in celebration of its expansion project completion, according to a news release. Several state and local dignitaries including U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (VA-6), Carolyn Bragg, vice chair of the Augusta County Board of Supervisors, and Virginia state Delegate Richard Bell conducted a ribbon-cutting ceremony and offered speeches to open the evening’s events, which included dinner and dancing.

Joep Paternostre, Bloomaker owner, told The Produce News, “The highlight of the gala celebration was watching nearly 300 people dining in our greenhouse and dancing to live music.”

The event marked the end of the busiest season yet for Bloomaker, including the addition of several new full-time positions and its highest seasonal employment to date. “We have a great team and we are improving our performance continuously,” Paternostre said. “We are consistently growing in production and revenue more than 25 percent per year.”

Bloomaker also announced several new product lines that are a result of its growth that will arrive later in the 2015-16 season. In addition to those product lines, Bloomaker is currently patenting a new line of Long Life Flowers in the rose category.

With the installation of its Columbia Gas natural gas line now completed, Bloomaker is focusing on greater efficiency, while maintaining the least amount of impact on the environment possible. Bloomaker has also invested in a state-of-the-art ozone system to ensure consistent and controlled products.

“The ozone system helps in mold reduction, which will lead to healthier bulbs and plants,” said Paternostre.