Mar 15, 2018
Bell Nursery Acquired by Central Garden & Pet By Tim Hodson

Yesterday it was announced that Bell Nursery Holdings LLC had been acquired by Central Garden & Pet Company, a leading producer and distributor of branded and private label products for the lawn and garden and pet supplies markets.

Central Garden & Pet Company is based in Walnut Creek, California, and has approximately 4,200 employees, primarily in North America. The company’s products are sold to specialty independent and mass retailers.

Bell Nursery is the largest commercial grower of flowers and plants in the mid-Atlantic region. The company is headquartered in Burtonsville, Maryland, and has facilities in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and Delaware. Gary Mangum is the CEO and president of the company.

Bell plants are available to the public at Home Depot stores in the following areas: Washington, D.C.; Maryland; Virginia; Delaware; Philadelphia; Raleigh/Durham, Greensboro and Winston Salem, North Carolina; and Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio.

The company has approximately 450 employees and an additional 900 seasonal employees.

“We are excited to add Bell Nursery’s live plant business to Central’s broad garden products portfolio,” said George Roeth, president and CEO of Central Garden & Pet.

“We view the live plant area as an attractive growth opportunity that is growing faster than the overall garden industry and is synergistic with our existing garden portfolio,” Roeth said.

He added, “In addition, Bell’s focus on quality and excellence in customer service are compatible with Central’s way of doing business. We look forward to working with the management team at Bell, who are remaining with the company, to grow the business profitably in the years ahead.”

— Tim


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Tim Hodson

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