Berger Opens New Peat Moss Mixing Plant
Berger recently announced the operational efficiency and reliability of its ninth horticultural peat moss mixing plant, located in the Oakbank community of Springfield, Manitoba, Canada. The more than 48,000-square-foot plant, built to add more equipment to increase its capacity, will soon add a second line dedicated to skyscraper packaging and a peat screening system.
Initially started in the summer of 2019, this massive investment project is part of Berger’s long-term vision to increase its production capacity and offer unmatched first-quality growing media, according to the company. With this new plant, Berger aims to successfully meet the increased demand of the North American market and strengthen its personalized services.
“Today’s horticultural industry has been experiencing unprecedented growth for the past few years, while supply chains are contending with high demand, growing port congestion and manufacturing delays, putting pressure along and across all suppliers,” explained Chuck Buffington, vice president of sales. “Berger’s new Oakbank mixing plant represents a significant asset to help meet the industry’s growing demand for fruits, vegetables, and flowers. It is a testament of our vision to better serve our customers with increased production capacity, reduced lead times and overall quicker response.”
Berger’s Oakbank plant uses Canadian peat moss and first-grade ingredients to create specific growing media for a range of needs. The plant also includes a quality-control laboratory and state-of-the-art automated packaging systems. Year-round operations will employ more than 50 staff members, reportedly contributing to the vitality of Oakbank’s local community and economy.