ABOUT EAGLE CREEK GROWERS
Eagle Creek Wholesale started as a 1 acre, state- of- the-art production facility and has grown to 6+ acres today. 4 acres are made up of glass MX greenhouses that are state-of-the-art and are utilized year round. A little over 1 acre is made up of ground-to-ground plastic-covered houses and 1+ acre consists of an outdoor growing area that is utilized from April through October. Our facilities employ state of the art environmental controls from Priva Systems as well as highly automated equipment such as ebb and flood floors, Echo-Veyor hanging basket watering systems, boom irrigation, propagation area, heat retention curtains and radiant heat technology.
Our primary customer base is in Cleveland, OH and Pittsburgh, PA and throughout the Midwest. We service independent garden centers as well as local farm markets and grocery chains. Our main crop focus is on spring bedding annuals, fall bedding annuals and mums, Poinsettias and Easter crops.
Our workforce is 100% derived from employees who live and grew up within a 20 mile radius. We employ 20 full time employees and as many as 20 more seasonal employees and drivers.
In 2006, we purchased a 300 HP underfed bio-mass boiler from Hurst Boiler and Welding Co. We recognized the need to reduce the use of fossil fuels in our operation and can proudly say that 90% of our energy consumption relative to heating is now derived from wood bi-products such as sawdust or woods chips from used pallets.
Jill’s love for plants and growing began at a young age. She grew up in Burton, Ohio on her family farm where she dabbled at growing hardy garden mums in junior high. Her family’s ties to the horticulture industry are significant; Her grandfather started Burton Flower & Garden as well as BFG Supply, a leading horticultural distributor in the Midwest. Her parents founded Dillen Products, a top horticulture injection molding company in Middlefield, Ohio. Her parents also started Dillen’s greenhouse, where Jill worked after school and on the weekends and her love for the industry blossomed.
Jill graduated in 1999 from Ohio University with a dual major in Business Entrepreneurship and Plant Biology. Her senior thesis was a greenhouse startup operation; and Eagle Creek Growers was born.
Today at Eagle Creek Growers, Jill manages the office and works hands-on with the growing team. She has developed growing and culture guidelines and criteria for every crop grown. She is involved in the daily decisions on every crop that goes out the door at Eagle Creek. Jill is always looking into new plants and plant combinations as well as better growing methods to continually improve upon their quality and consistency.
Jill has been named to Crain Cleveland Business 2009 class 40 under 40 and Eagle Creek has been recognized on numerous occasions for their company commitment to sustainability.
Todd’s love for nature and the outdoors began at an early age. It wasn’t uncommon to find Todd out in woods after school, running his trap line or exploring around his family farm in Windham, Ohio. Todd’s love for the outdoors led him to Hocking College where he earned his degree in Wildlife Management.
Todd started at Eagle Creek in 2002 and has been an integral part of where they are today. He manages the daily operations of the company; setting up work crews, production planning, facility management, structure maintenance, and tirelessly managing the heating system in the winter months.
Todd also works daily with the company’s shipping, production, growing and sales personnel to keep Eagle Creek humming. He is always researching and investigating the next expansion project or piece of equipment to reinvest in the future of Eagle Creek.
His commitment to the company, compassion for personnel and love for the industry are worn on his sleeve every day. He stays active in the industry by attending tradeshows from Ohio to Florida to Europe. He was recently named to GPN’s 40 under 40 class of 2017.
Why Choose Eagle Creek?
Nothing sells better than quality. It’s even better when the plants sell themselves. We strive to make the best plant selections based on the balance between greenhouse performance as well as consumer performance in the garden.
Low Cost Producer
We utilize some of the best automation in the industry to keep our costs down and stay competitive in the market. We utilize Booms, Echos, and Ebb-n-Flood floors to keep our product quality consistent as well as Priva environmental controls to keep our state-of-the-art greenhouses operating smoothly. We also propagate from unrooted cutting a large percentage of our plant materials to keep our input costs low.
As a company, we continue to develop best practices for producing consistent quality products. We have an IPM (Integrated Pest Management) program in place and are using biological controls as well as beneficial insects.
We strive to turn all orders around to our customers with 24-hours of receipt. We take great pride in our ability to deliver our products on-time and when our customers need it most.
In The Know
As 3rd generation horticultural business owners, we are fortunate to have access to a wide network of some of the best and brightest in the industry right here in Northeast Ohio. We are within an hour or two of some of the best trailblazers in the business, including Agrinomix, BFG Supply, Dillen Products, Green Circle Growers, Great Lakes Growers, Express Seed Company, Jiffy, A-Roo and Oasis to name a few. This proximity to some of the best plants, seed, containers, growing supplies and automation companies in the industry allow Eagle Creek to keep input costs low.
Eagle Creek In The News
Crains Cleveland Business – CLICK HERE
Greenhouse Magazine – CLICK HERE
Cleveland.com – CLICK HERE
Garden Center Magazine – CLICK HERE
Grower Talks Magazine – CLICK HERE
Nursery Management Magazine – CLICK HERE
Greenhouse Grower Magazine – CLICK HERE
Greenhouse Product News Magazine – CLICK HERE