Come See at the Winter Trade Shows Coming Up!

Come see at the follow trade shows coming up in January and February 2019!

Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS), Baltimore, MD Jan. 9-11 Booth 654
MANTS 2019

NC Green and Growin’ Trade Show, Greensboro, NC Jan. 17-18 Booth 117
NC Green and Growin’ 2019

Wintergreen Trade Show, Duluth, GA Jan. 25-26 Booth 521
Wintergreen Trade Show 2019

Gulf States Horticultural Expo, Mobile, AL Jan. 31 – Feb. 1 Booth 228
Gulf States Horticultural Expo 2019

SC Green Industries Trade Show, Columbia, SC Jan. 30 – Feb. 1 Booth 526
SC Green Industries Trade Show 2019

The Greenhouse Company Loses One of It’s Founders.

Donald Franklin Looney, Sr.
November 14, 1944 – November 28, 2018

Donald Franklin Looney, Sr. of Irmo, S.C., our beloved father, brother, uncle, and friend, entered the triumphant glory of God on November 28, 2018. A memorial service celebrating Don’s life will be held at 2:00pm on December 8, 2018 at Union United Methodist Church, 7582 Woodrow St, Irmo, S. C.

Don, the son of the late Johnnie Walter Looney, Sr. and Sarah Nunamaker Looney, is survived by his sons, Donald, Jr. and Thomas Looney and their mother Judy Moore; two brothers, Johnnie W. Looney, Jr (Nancy Flowers) and Charles Looney (Helen Brabham); and by two sisters, Elizabeth (Beth) Looney Richardson (Gene) and Suzanne Looney Newell (William) and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his youngest brother, Dennis C. Looney, Sr.

Don was born on November 14, 1944 and reared in Irmo, S.C. In 1963, Don entered Clemson College with his boyhood friend and cousin Danny Derrick. Within a few days, they met another freshman, Charlie Jager of Charleston. The three became fast friends, and combining their names, Jager, Derrick, and Looney, they formed the “Jaderloon” brotherhood that would last a lifetime. After graduating from Clemson in 1967 with an electrical engineering degree, Don served for four years and was a captain in the United States Air Force. He then joined South Carolina Electric and Gas Company as an electrical engineer, and, soon after, met the requirements to become a licensed professional engineer.

In the early 1970’s, Don and Danny saw a growing demand for greenhouses and related technologies. Seeing the opportunity and having an extraordinary entrepreneurial drive and optimism, Don resigned his position with SCE&G. With Danny, he co-founded a greenhouse engineering company that would become known worldwide for its innovative greenhouse technologies and services. In 1976, the company was incorporated as Jaderloon. Don’s numerous patented inventions demonstrated his ability to create simple, practical advancements in greenhouse technologies.

In addition to being the quintessential entrepreneur and businessman, Don was active in his community. He was a lifelong member of Union United Methodist Church. For 30 years, he served on Irmo’s planning commission and was an influential member of the task force that named Irmo’s Lake Murray Boulevard. Don served on BB&T bank’s advisory board for 15 years, was a member of Ruritan, and was an admiral in the Irmo Navy.

Despite Don’s passion for sports, business, engineering, and his community, his greatest love and achievement are not found in any of these endeavors. Don’s greatest love was his two sons, Don and Tom. His greatest achievement was being their loving father. He was very proud of his boys and had them with him at every opportunity. In Irmo, friends would regularly see Don with his sons in church, at restaurants, and in the gym. Don patiently taught them greenhouse job skills at Jaderloon. Outside Irmo, Don took his sons to his greenhouse work sites, to Atlanta Braves baseball games, and to Clemson football, basketball, and baseball games.

In lieu of flowers, the family asked that you donate to the Union United Methodist Church building fund.

Holiday Closings

The Greenhouse Company would like to wish you a very happy holidays.

We will be closed for Thanksgiving, Thursday and Friday, November 22nd and 23rd.

We will also be closed for Christmas, Monday and Tuesday, December 24th and 25th.

Come See Us! Fall Trade Shows Are Coming Up!

Stop by our booth and say hi when visiting the following trade shows:

Tennessee Green Industry Expo
TNGIE Show
Booth 540
September 27-28, 2018
Wilson County Exposition Center
945 East Baddour Parkway
Lebanon, TN

Trade Show Hours:
Thursday: 9:00am -5:00 pm
Friday: 9:00am-2:00pm

Florida Nursery, Growers, and Landscape Show
FNGLA Show
Booth 976
October 4-6, 2018
Orange County Convention Center
9800 International Dr.
Orlando, FL 3281

Trade Show Hours:
Thursday, October 04, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday, October 05, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday, October 06, 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

We Are Open!

The Greenhouse Company is open and operational today.
Please email, call, or contact us via our website for your greenhouse repair needs.
We are fully stocked and ready to assist.

How to Prepare Your Greenhouse for a Hurricane

Our Engineer compiled the following list of suggestions assuming the worst-case scenario of extremely high winds from Hurricanes. The extent of the preparations will depend on your location and will ultimately be a judgement call on your part.

Close roof and any other type of vents. Turn off fans and shutters. To reduce the chance of a fire starting, turn off the main breaker. Cutting plastic is a big judgment call. If the winds are high enough the plastic may come off with no damage to frame, but there is no way to know for sure. If the shade cloth is expensive, you may want to remove it since it is not attached as well as the plastic.

1. Close all venting equipment
2. Turn off power.
3. Turn off water.
4. Remove smaller objects from area that could blow into greenhouse.
5. Secure greenhouse doors.
6. Remove shade cloth or add more ropes to keep it in place.
7. If greenhouse has any exposed glass, cover with wood panels.
8. Tall heater vent pipe stacks should be removed if not properly braced.
9. Be sure brace cables are tight and secure.
10. Hanging basket plants should be placed on floor or removed.
11. Make sure inflation blower damper is wide open for maximum inflation in polyethylene.
12. Any outdoor motors can be covered with plastic because of extra heavy rains.
13. Heaters, HAF fans, electrical boxes can all be covered with plastic in case the cover blows off.

Please contact us if you have any questions or problems 800-258-7171.

It’s Not Too Early to Start Preparing for Fall Weather

As we near the end of summer, the cool fall weather is just around the corner. Now is a great time to evaluate your greenhouse needs for the fall and prepare for cool weather and freezes.

Check Heaters

It may not seem necessary to check heating systems during the summer heat, but now is the ideal time to make sure your heaters are ready to go for that first cool night or freeze.

Assess Plastic

The summer is a great time to evaluate your plastic coverings and repair or replace any areas that need attention prior to cold weather.

Stock Up On Poly-PatchTM

Order your Poly-PatchTM kits now to have on hand for the fall. Kits include Poly-PatchTM repair tape, cleaning wipes, a razor knife, and an optional staple gun to make repairs easy. The resealable pail keeps Poly-PatchTM tape like new for future uses!

Poly-PatchTM is also available in 2″, 4″, 6″ and 10″ rolls.

Learn More about Greenhouse Options

Featured Product: Coldframe

The Jāderloon® Coldframe greenhouse is ideal for growers. It can be used to cover winter plants in cool weather, as a heated greenhouse in warmer climates, or as a shade structure.

This diverse greenhouse option can be built to your specific needs:

  • Bay widths – 12′ to 30′ available
  • Lengths – any multiples of 3′, 4′, 5′ or 6′
  • All widths have a 70 mph wind load

Learn More About Jāderloon® Coldframe Greenhouse Options

Jāderloon® Coldframe greenhouse

Jāderloon® Coldframe greenhouses

Jāderloon® Coldframe greenhouse

 

I’m Still Standing – Withstanding Hurricanes with Jāderloon®

Can your greenhouses withstand hurricanes? Jāderloon® is proud to manufacture strong greenhouses designed to withstand the worst weather while providing the best protection for plants.

  • Frames are 30% stronger
  • Built of strongest materials available in the greenhouse industry
  • Tested in hurricane alley for over 30 years
  • 99.9% hurricane survival rate

Learn About Jāderloon® Greenhouse’s Superior Design and Manufacturing

Jāderloon® Greenhouse withstood hurricane Irma

Jāderloon® greenhouse withstood hurricane Irma

Competitive greenhouse destroyed during hurricane Irma

Competitive greenhouse destroyed by hurricane Irma

Forest Lake Garden Center Rebuilding From October 2015 Flooding Damage

The Greenhouse Company was pleased to help Forest Lake Garden Center rebuild after the monumental flood in October of 2015. The garden center was under water and left in devastating condition following the flood.

The Greenhouse Company designed, manufactured, and installed an Appalachian style greenhouse for Forest Lake’s retail center. The 34 x 72 x 10 greenhouse features a white-black-white opaque polycarbonate cover on the gable to prevent sunlight from reaching the retail center that houses the cash register.

“We are thrilled to see Forest Lake Garden Center thriving again after such devastating damage due to the flood. The Greenhouse Company was pleased to help with this project, and we look forward to working with Forest Lake for years to come,” says Judy Moore, Owner of The Greenhouse Company.

Learn More About Forest Lake Gardens

Forest Lake Gardens in Columbia during 2015 Flooding

Forest Lake Garden Center under water during 2015 flooding

Forst Lake Gardens after 2015 Flooding

Forest Lake Garden Center today

New Appalachian greenhouse

New retail center with Appalachian style greenhouse

Gas Heater Service Checklist for Fall

Be Sure To Do The Following Preventive Maintenance Before Starting Your Heaters Each Fall

  1. Turn gas and electrical service off before servicing unit.
  2. Inspect the flue pipe and vent cap for holes or blockage. Make sure all joints are tight.
  3. Check draft diverter opening in the top of the heater for blockage.
  4. Inspect exterior of heat exchanger for holes and cracks.
  5. Unscrew bottom pan, hinge down and remove. Remove pilot assembly. Unscrew burner rack retaining plate and alignment guide. Hinge down burners.
    1. Inspect burners for blockage: insect nests, rust build-up, webs, cocoons.
    2. Look into interior of heat exchanger tubes and check for holes, cracks and blockages (webs, nests, flaking rust, cocoons.)
    3. Check burner and pilot orifices for blockages from insect nests.
  6. Inspect all wiring for cracked insulation and loose connections.
  7. Replace all cracked or worn wiring.
  8. Clean out all blockages with compressed air or soft bristled brush. Be careful not to damage burner or orifice openings. Do not use sharp, hard or rough tools for this cleaning.
  9. Reinstall burner rack.
  10. Reattach retaining plate and alignment guide.
  11. Reattach pilot and bottom pan.
  12. Blow or wipe dust and dirt off of fan blades and motor.
  13. Turn on gas and electrical service.
  14. Check for gas leaks at joints with liquid soap. If bubbles are found, tighten gas connections and test again with liquid soap. Continue until no bubbles appear.
  15. Make sure pilot light is working.
  16. Adjust thermostat to start heater.
  17. Allow heater to run through a complete cycle to check normal operation of burners, fans, venting and shutdown.
  18. If a problem occurs, refer to the trouble-shooting guide in the installation form shipped with your heater.
  19. Repairs should be made only by qualified service personnel.

Happy 4th of July!

The Greenhouse Company will be closed for the 4th of July.

We will reopen July 5th at 8:00 am.

Have a safe holiday!

The Greenhouse Command Center

 

The Greenhouse Company’s Greenhouse Command Center optimizes your greenhouse’s growing conditions 24/7 through continuous monitoring and control. The Command Center consists of an electric climate-control system designed to operate all of the equipment required to ventilate, cool, and heat a single-zone greenhouse employing 5 stages of cooling and a single stage of heating.

It can operate 2 exhaust fans, one of which can be a two-speed fan, a louver for first stage ventilation, a motorized vent for maximum ventilation, an evaporative cooling system, circulation fans and up to two heaters.

The system is programmed with a logical progression of equipment staging so that no equipment operates unnecessarily. The naturally aspirated shielded temperature sensor is located in a forward quadrant rather than centrally located to further reduce unnecessary cycling of equipment. The system is pre-programmed so that it is fully functional as soon as it is initialized.

Greenhouse Command Center

Learn More About The Greenhouse Command Center Here

Repairs Due to Recent Windy Weather? Kwic-Klip® to the Rescue!

With the recent windy weather, the Southeast in particular, many greenhouse coverings have come loose and/or torn away. The Greenhouse Company has the perfect solution – the Kwic-Klip® film fastening system. This trademarked product has over 250 pounds of holding power per linear foot of film and has held poly in place during hurricane winds.

Learn More About the Kwic-Klip®

kwic-klip® poly fastening system

Order the Kwic-Klip® Film Fastening System

Forest Lake Garden Center Rebuilding From October 2015 Flooding Damage

Forest Lake Garden Center in Columbia, SC experienced severe damage from monumental flooding in October 2015. The garden center was under water and left in devastating condition following the flood.

The Greenhouse Company is pleased to help them rebuild! Foundation has been poured on the new greenhouse and construction is underway. Stay tuned for updates on this project, photos of the new construction, and the final product once the new greenhouse is complete.

Learn More About Forest Lake Garden Center Here

Forest Lake Gardens in Columbia during 2015 Flooding

Forst Lake Gardens after 2015 Flooding

 

Featured Project: Red’s Home and Garden

Red’s Home and Garden in Wilkesboro, NC will be a destination for all to enjoy. Some of its unique offerings are below:

  • Year-round Christmas shop
  • Extensive greenhouse (including annuals, perennials, shrubbery, trees, pottery, hanging baskets, mulch, decorative rocks, houseplants, vegetables and more)
  • From floral arrangements, wall decor, lighting, lanterns and even natural personal care products our home goods section will offer a unique assortment of home and garden decor that caters to all design tastes.

The Greenhouse Company has installed the Phase 1 greenhouse of their Garden Center. Phase 2 will be installed this summer. The Phase 1 greenhouse is a 72′ x 120′ x 12′ Appalachian gutter-connect greenhouse with roll-up curtains, roof vents, and a 36′ x 36′ shade house.

Learn More About Red’s Home & Garden

Red's Home & Garden Appalachian Greenhouse

Greenhouse exterior view

Appalachian Greenhouse Interior

Featured Project: The Growers Exchange

The Greenhouse Company recently completed a project for The Growers Exchange in Virginia. The project included installation of a large 140′ x 96′ 5-bay Appalachian style greenhouse that will be used for growing herbs. The custom greenhouse has several options for optimal growing including ridge vents and an interior Jādershade™ system.

For many years, we have supported The Growers Exchange mission of growing and providing the finest quality and selection of herbs for their customer’s gardening success. Learn more about The Growers Exchange by
visiting their website.

See More of The Growers Exchange Greenhouse Project

The Growers Exchange
New 140′ x 96′ 5-Bay Appalachian Style Greenhouse

 

Interior Jāderloon Appalachian style greenhouse at the Growers Exchance
Interior with Jādershade™ System

 

The Growers Exchange

The Greenhouse Company’s KWIC-KLIP® Product is Trademarked

Effective March 13, 2018, our KWIC-KLIP® has been officially trademarked. Originally developed and first used in 1980, we are pleased to have this product officially trademarked with US Patent and Trademark Office.

More About The KWIC-KLIP®

  • KWIC-KLIP® extrusions are used to attach poly to greenhouses and are reusable
  • For easy use on baseboards or bows
  • Unbeatable holding power – over 250 lbs per linear foot
  • KWIC-KLIP® has held poly on during hurricane winds!
  • The fastest installation of any clip design
  • Self-locking extrusions snap on and off for quick & easy installation & removal
  • Designed for maximum performance – ideal for double- and single-layer air-inflated greenhouses
  • Self-shading, protecting poly from UV rays & heat build up at critical points

Click Here To Buy Kwic-Klip® In Our Online Store

Click Here To Learn More About Kwic-Klip®