Bonnie Plants unveils new greenhouse space in Union Springs

Multi-million-dollar expansion provides more space for growing and distributing plants

Cutting the ribbon on expanded greenhouse space.

Bonnie Plants, which grows and distributes vegetable and herb plants for home gardeners, has opened an expanded greenhouse in Union Springs, where the company began in 1918. The expansion also provides more space for e-commerce operations.

Opening of the expanded growing and distribution space follows soon on the heels of the unveiling of a new corporate headquarters in Opelika in January.

The new greenhouse in Union Springs provides 305,000 square feet of open-roof, natural ventilation growing space. The new design offers better temperature and humidity control, the company says, saving energy and reducing the need for irrigation.

“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, during the opening ceremonies. “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 firm expects to add 60 jobs at its Bullock County site.

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“For generations, Bonnie Plants has been a constant source of employment and economic opportunity for members of our community,” said Lynn Jinks, president of the Bullock County Chamber of Commerce. “We’re extremely optimistic about the future and excited for the next chapter as this expansion strengthens Bonnie’s roots in Bullock County.”

The new arrangement also provides better space for the firm’s e-commerce operations, which have grown by 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.”

Regarded as the largest vegetable and herb supplier in the nation and the only one operating nationwide, Bonnie Plants was founded by Livingston and Bonnie Paulk more than a century ago. It offers some 600 varieties of vegetable and herb plants.

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