In response to the growing greenhouse vegetable industry, Ontario Plants Propagation Limited opened for business in 2002 in Talbotville, Ontario. Ontario Plants Propagation provides greenhouse vegetable transplants for North America’s greenhouse vegetable producers, and employs up to 140 people during their busy season.
Steve Vanderkooy, General Manager, states the Elgin County edge succinctly. “Close proximity to major highways and our Southwestern Ontario market was the primary motive for locating Ontario Plants Propagation in Elgin County. However, the greatest advantage has been in the way of human resources. The small town benefits of St. Thomas
coupled with the convenience of nearby city of London means Elgin County is an enviable place to live. This affords Ontario Plants Propagation a competitive advantage by recruiting and retaining Sr. Managers that are in high demand.”
The use of the best technology and tools is an essential element and focus of Ontario Plants Propagation, contributing to their success in growing and providing the best plants possible. Ontario Plants Propagation’s President, Jack Vanderkooy, says that his mission is to promote the company’s superior management, new technology and innovation, and become Eastern North America’s premier supplier of greenhouse vegetable transplants. With 18 acres under glass and the capacity to produce almost 15 million vegetable plants annually, Ontario Plants Propagation is well on their way to achieving that goal.