Green Valley Seed buys, expands into Columbiana Industrial Space – Business Journal Daily

Green Valley Seed buys, expands into Columbiana Industrial Space - Business Journal Daily

The building was purchased under the name Columbiana Leasing LLC for $1.805 million in a sale that closed Jan. 6, according to documents from the Columbiana County Auditor.

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  • The company is moving from its current location in Canfield, where it’s operated since 1976, to an industrial space it purchased at 1431 Heck Road. The company started in North Lima in 1974.

  • Business is up about 15% for Green Valley, which sells wholesale seed and environmental products to clients in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, says owner Bryan Hum.

Hum estimates the company sells about a million pounds of grass seed annually, as well as fertilizer and hydromulch to garden centers, landscapers, excavators, departments of transportation, oil and gas contractors, solar farms and golf courses, among others.

Sales to solar farms and oil and gas contractors are particularly strong, and Hum expects this year to be even stronger than last year, he says. Green Valley has seen its customer base increase over the last year or two because as supply chains struggle, the company has gained customers from competitors who haven’t been able to restock product.

“Anywhere there’s bare dirt, that’s when our products come into play,” he says.

Green Valley orders product anywhere from six to 14 months ahead of time, Hum says. This year, he looks to increase marketing and in-person sales visits to increase customer prospects, he says.

Green Valley Seed may add another garage door for distribution.

“There’s a lot of blood in the water right now,” he says. “There’s a lot of people whose current supplier is letting them down and they may not know that Green Valley Seed exists yet.” To keep up with demand, Green Valley started purchasing bulk seed in 1,000-pound “super sacks,” instead of typical 50-pound bags. The super sacks can only be stacked 2,000 pounds high, he says. So “just from that change alone, I needed a lot more floor space.”

Hum also engineered custom equipment to handle the larger sacks of product, which will take up space as well. The Heck Road property is “a big square building,” with no odd corners, making it ideal for the needs of Green Valley, Hum says. It’s also heated, which attracted him to the property. “It’s just kind of perfect for what we need,” he says.

Hum expects to be fully moved into the space by the end of January. Green Valley also operates a location in Cadiz, Ohio.

HemaSource relocated to the former Kmart distribution center at 541 Perkins Jones Road, Warren, to accommodate its own expansion, he notes. Modern-built, climate-controlled warehouse space in the Mahoning Valley is in short supply, Grantz says, which has increased the value of existing space.

Grantz facilitated the sale of the property to both Green Valley and to HemaSource a year ago. The Columbiana property sits on 5.6 acres and was previously owned and operated by HemaSource, a Utah-based medical supply company, says Jim Grantz, an agent with Edward J. Lewis Inc.

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