Posted on Saturday, May 16, 2015 6:45 am

Bloomaker USA, an Augusta County maker and innovator in long-life flower bulbs and indoor garden products, celebrated the ribbon cutting on new greenhouses Friday night.
Bloomaker invested $2 million and has plans to create 98 new full-time and seasonal jobs over the next three years. The company expects to increase tulip and amaryllis sales to $25 million in the same time frame.

“This is a celebration of many years of work,” said Bloomaker President Joep Patermostre. “I am proud of every Bloomaker employee who made this accomplishment possible and am proud of the partnership we have had with Augusta County. We look forward to many years of success.”
Assistance for the expansion came from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and Augusta County. The Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry
Industries Development Fund provided a $50,000 grant, which Augusta County matched.

The grant helped in the expansion of greenhouses and chillers and enabled a gas line extension to serve the Bloomaker facility on U.S. 340 near Waynesboro. Bloomaker also worked with the Virginia Jobs Investment Program to secure funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities.
Augusta County Supervisor Carolyn Bragg, who represents the South River District and is the vice chair of the board, said “in less than a year, Bloomaker has invested millions of dollars to triple the size of its greenhouse.”

Bragg’s district includes Bloomaker. She further said “Bloomaker has employed more people and the best part, is growing more flowers, which are sold throughout the United States.”

Bloomaker came to Augusta County in 2010. The company developed and patented a new floral category with long-lasting flowers. This was done in response to market research that showed flower customers desire instant gratification.
Tulips and amaryllis are sold to consumers with 7-11 bulbs intact on a pin tray placed within a vase. The technique results in flowers blooming in a period of 4 to 8 week