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Metrolina Greenhouse / Sales: $140 million / Headquarters: Huntsville, N.C. / Employees: 600 (full-time), 400 (seasonal) Specialty: Plant grower / Art Van Wingerden, co-CEO: “Metrolina as a company has always been innovative in technology.” Greenhouse Gurus the brothers at metrolina greenhouses have built success with a do-it-yourself attitude learned from their father. by jamie morgan metrolina has the largest single-story heated greenhouse in the country and is in the midst of a major expansion. Metrolina Greenhouses has grown 39 of the past 40 years since it was founded. That’s not just in revenue, but in size, as well. The company constantly expands its acreage, whether it’s building covered greenhouses or cultivating outdoor grounds for growing plants. Metrolina Greenhouses occupies 147 acres, making it the largest single-story heated greenhouse in the country. It also maintains 30 acres and counting of outdoor growing space. Recently, the company laid the foundation for a 1.5-million-square- foot expansion. Metrolina has graded the site and installed a pond for water usage. However, the family owned company says it is a year away from above-ground construction. Before its big expansion begins, Metrolina will tend to what it already has. Renewed Growth Metrolina has laid an 11-acre perimeter of irrigation lines and is getting ready to pour concrete for its outdoor flood floors – an area where plants’ roots soak up water from the floor. The company also is tearing down and rebuilding five-and-a-half acres of greenhouse space. Its previous Cravo greenhouses will be replaced with a glass greenhouse, on par with the others Metrolina uses today. A new corridor will connect it to its neighboring greenhouse. The company says the new space should be operational by January. “We tore down an older, cheaper greenhouse because it didn’t have a long life expectancy,” Vice President Thomas Van Wingerden says. “We WINTER 2012 131

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Manufacturing Today - Winter 2012
Wauseon Machine
Applied Energy Solutions
Carter Control Systems
Global Technology Systems
Positech Corp.
Tampa Tank Inc./Florida Structural Steel
Carbide Products
Datacard Group
Fullerton Tool Co. Inc.
Honda of South Carolina
Fintube LLC
Sapa Extrusions North America
ACE Controls Inc.
Vendors Exchange International Inc.
EXEL North America
DJO Global
Capewell Components Co.
U.S. Sugar Corp.
Industrial Magnetics Inc.
Lakeside Plastics Ltd.
Norpak Handling Ltd.
Mid-State Machine Products
TenCate Protective Fabrics
The Dupps Co.
Western Manufacturing Ltd.
Wisconsin Plastics Inc.
Metrolina Greenhouses
LaSalle Bristol LP
Clarion Bathware
DAP Products Inc.
Honsa Ergonomic Technologies Inc.
Engineered Material Solutions LLC
Master Spas Inc.
Nypro Inc.
Kelly-Moore Paints
Palomar Technologies
U.S. Chemical & Plastics Inc.
Varflex Corporation
Votaw Precision Technologies
Watry Industries
Wigwam Mills
Banker Steel Co.
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Manufacturing Today - Winter 2012