Bonnie Plants Unveils Expanded Greenhouse Facilities
Bonnie Plants recently unveiled a multimillion-dollar expansion and upgrade of greenhouse facilities in Union Springs, Alabama.
The new growing and distribution facilities are designed to strengthen e-commerce operations and improve production, creating dozens of jobs and enabling a new foundation of growth for Bonnie Plants.
“From innovative new products to increased e-commerce demand, this investment is all about creating an experience that will enhance the lives of our consumers better than ever before,” said Mike Sutterer, president and CEO of Bonnie Plants. “Not only have we improved how we produce and distribute vegetable and herb plants, but as Bonnie expands into new segments such as flowers, succulents and houseplants, this modern facility makes it possible to grow and deliver any live good any time of the year.”
The expanded operations bring approximately 60 jobs to Bullock County. More than 200 associates, including full- and part-time peak season associates, will support the increased production in Union Springs.
The expanded facilities include 305,000-square-feet of open-roof, natural-ventilation greenhouses that offer better temperature and humidity control, energy savings and a reduced need for irrigation compared to traditional fan and shutter greenhouses.
To streamline operations, each greenhouse is connected to a 7,800-square-foot production complex and a 45,900-square-foot distribution warehouse, creating one central facility that decreases handling time and reduces variations in temperature and climate as the plants move through the facility to ultimately provide a better product for the consumer.
The upgrade also strengthens direct fulfillment for Bonnie’s expanding e-commerce division, which has grown 860% since 2019.
“We’ve created a state-of-the-art e-commerce operation that will provide a best-in-class experience for the growing number of consumers who buy plants online,” said Sidney Phelps, director of E-commerce of Bonnie Plants. “Advanced technology and systems throughout the facility will assist our associates in their role as the personal shoppers for the customer, hand selecting high-quality plants that will make the journey from our greenhouse to their front door.”