SC Greenhouse Growers Association Names Scholarship in Honor of Donald F. Looney, Sr.

The South Carolina Greenhouse Growers Association recently announced the naming of a scholarship in honor of Jāderloon® founder Donald F. Looney, Sr.  An excerpt from the announcement is below:

“Don’s dedication to the greenhouse industry was immeasurable.  His innovative ideas created equipment and supplies that have become standards in our industry. His generosity and willingness to share was known by all, and so many of our members have benefitted from his knowledge.

Don and Jāderloon® are known far beyond Irmo, Columbia, and South Carolina. We are so very proud to have known Don as a businessman, an innovator, and a friend.

Don was respected and beloved by the greenhouse industry and we are honored to be able to name a scholarship after him.  The first Donald F. Looney, Sr. memorial scholarship will be given to a Clemson University Horticulture student at the end of this year.”

Ark Encounter in Williamstown, KY Chooses The Greenhouse Company

Ark Encounter FloralsOver the last several years, Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky has purchased seven greenhouses from The Greenhouse Company.  Tim Schmidt, the Senior Director of Site Development and Horticulture at Ark Encounter, stated that they currently grow about 20,000 six-inch annuals yearly as well as several thousand tropicals for their own use and for use at their sister attraction, Creation Museum.  Schmidt anticipates an increase in these numbers as they continue to expand.  In addition to florals and plants for landscaping, they also use greenhouses from The Greenhouse Company to grow fodder and barley hydroponically for their zoo animals.

Ark Encounter Landscaping

The photos show some of the greenhouses on site at Ark Encounter as well as some of the landscaping where their plants are used.

Greenhouses at Ark Encounter

Mark McLane Returns to The Greenhouse Company Sales Team

A University of South Carolina graduate, photographer, and skilled guitar player, Mark offers customers of The Greenhouse Company a wealth of knowledge in helping to design the best greenhouses tailored to their unique needs.  He began in the industry in the early 1980’s and has experience in greenhouse manufacturing, shipping, and sales.

 

Mark has worked on hundreds of greenhouse projects over the years.  He will be covering the Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, and Kentucky regions and will be reaching out to you soon.

Contact Mark:
Ph: 803-960-3569
mark@thegreenhousecompany.net

 

Prepare Your Greenhouses Now for Spring Weather!

Tips to Avoid Spring Headaches and Product Losses

Exhaust Fan Belts:
• Re-adjust belt tension after 8 – 10 hours of operation.
• Check for proper belt tension by pushing on belt between blade pulley and motor pulley with index finger. Belt should move about ½ inch with 5 pounds of pressure.
• Keep replacement belts on hand.
• Check belts at beginning of cooling season and several times throughout year.
• Look for polished sides and cracked, dry, and/or brittle material.
• Replace belt if any signs of deterioration or if in use for several seasons.
• Clean fan blades and louvers as needed.
• Remove foreign material from inside fan housing.

Versa-Vent:
• See installation manual for adjustment of drive motor limits
• Rack and pinions may be adjusted by loosening nuts on vent shoe where rack attaches to vent door
• Shift rack shoe left or right to improve alignment
• Check the alignment with the vent door open
• Clean the entire vent including the cover with soap and water
• Remove accumulated debris in the lower track of vent door

Carolina Cooler™:
• If float valve is unable to shut off, cut off water supply, disassemble and rinse float valve, reassemble and install
• If after above (if float valve still will not shut off), order a rebuild kit or new valve
• Rinse out reservoir and fill with clean water at the beginning of the season
• Do not leave in ground tanks empty
• Clean the filter as well and several times throughout the year
• Check the filter if flow seems restricted
• Check the header for clogs
• Rinse out the header at the beginning of the season – remove the plug opposite the pump and then run the pump to flush out foreign material
• Add chlorine bleach or any good algaecide to the reservoir on a regular basis to keep pads clean
• Maintain a pH between 5.5 and 8.5 in the reservoir
• Allow pads to dry completely each night by keeping the thermostat set above the overnight low temperature
• Use the gate valve to adjust the water flow so that the water sprays 12” into the air at the far end of the header from the pump

Improved Online Store Coming Soon

Stay tuned for the launch of our new and improved online store.

  • Greenhouse growing accessories
  • Heating, cooling & ventilation systems
  • Components and controls
  • Greenhouse frames
  • Residential greenhouses
  • Metal buildings
Check our website soon for the updated online store!

Manufacturing Transformation and Operational Excellence Award

The Greenhouse Company

The Greenhouse Company was recently recognized as a finalist for the Manufacturing Transformation and Operational Excellence Award at the 2018 South Carolina Manufacturing Conference and Expo. The nominees for this award achieved real-world, bottom line results through the adoption of continuous improvement and/or operational excellence tools and techniques.

Judy Moore, Owner of The Greenhouse Company, states, “We are pleased to have been nominated for this award.  Our entire staff has been dedicated to improvement across all areas of the company, and we all appreciate the recognition of our hard work. We look forward to a successful future at The Greenhouse Company.”

Featured Project: James B Edwards Elementary

James B Edwards Elementary Greenhouse                        James B Edwards Elementary Greenhouse

James B Edwards Elementary Greenhouse

James B Edwards Elementary Greenhouse                                       James B Edwards Elementary Greenhouse

The following is a testimonial from Nancy Platt, teacher at James B Edwards Elementary:

 

“After purchasing and using a small greenhouse with our special needs students and ECO club throughout the 2015 school year, we were approached by interested parents and staff of James B Edwards Elementary School to discuss securing a larger greenhouse for use of the entire school.

 

Upon determining horticultural goals, Ms. Donaho suggested a particular Jāderloon® model that would meet the needs of the school.  Each stakeholder took a role, whether it was writing grants, hosting fundraisers, or meeting district compliance requirements.  Slowly the dream became a vision, and the vision became a reality.  The process took time and tenacity with leadership changing at the school and vested team members carrying on the mission despite this change.  No amount of bureaucracy could stop the JBE horticulture team! 

 

After raising the funds required and winning the support of new administration, the greenhouse was erected in July of 2018, some three years after the initial meeting.  Horticulture expert and JBE mom, Kim Crane, along with multiple community volunteers now conduct a horticulture enrichment program for all grade levels at James B.  This program includes the 5th Grade running their own nursery business and selling their plants at the School. 4th Grade (Non SAIL or gifted and talented) is experimenting with growing food from food scraps and a greenhouse cut flower garden. 4th Grade SAIL is growing milkweed and studying the migration of the monarch butterfly. They are also starting a seed business. 

 

3rd grade Non SAIL are studying pollinators and native plants. They are growing indigo to sell at the native plant society plant sale. 1st and 2nd graders are learning all aspects of horticulture and making their own growing mix. Kindergarten is working with Clemson to fill raised beds with veggies that support our Back Pack Buddies Program. 

 

Our green team is involved in a seeds to shore line program where we grow spartina grass and plant in the marsh on a field trip to the Bears Bluff National Fish Hatchery. Our students bag oyster shells to support new reefs off our coast. We are fortunate to receive many grants to support the Lowcountry Sustainability Program at James B. Edwards Elementary. 

 

Our new Greenhouse is beautiful and the Children LOVE spending time in it.”  

New Product: Cumberland Series

Cumberland Series Greenhouse

The Greenhouse Company is pleased to announce our newest product – the Cumberland greenhouse.

  • Ideal for Growers, Retail, and Education
  • More affordable option without compromising strength
  • Available in smaller sizes

Stay tuned for more information!

Jāderloon® Greenhouses Withstand Hurricane Winds

Jāderloon® greenhouse in Eastern North Carolina after hurricane Florence
Competitor’s greenhouse also at the same location just after hurricane Florence

As evidenced by the photos, our Jāderloon® greenhouses recently withstood hurricane Florence in North Carolina better than a competitive greenhouse. The left photo is of a Jāderloon® greenhouse in Eastern North Carolina after hurricane Florence.  Note that the frame is noticeably in tact. The right photo is of a competitor’s greenhouse also at the same location just after hurricane Florence.  The frame is visibly bent and collapsing. Trust The Greenhouse Company to help you protect your investment with the strongest greenhouse on the market.

Come See Us at the Winter Trade Shows Coming Up!

Come see us 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