Hillermann Nursery & Florist Acquired by Hoffmann Family of Companies
The Hoffmann Family of Companies announced it has acquired Hillermann Nursery & Florist. Combined with Town & Country Nursery, Ferguson Valley Nursery, and their 1,500 acres of vineyards in Missouri with Chicago and Mexico-based World Wide Farms, and Topiary Creations and American Farms of Florida, The Hoffmans have a vast agricultural portfolio that spans the U.S.
Founded by Don Hillermann in the spring of 1951, Hillermann Nursery started as a hobby. Today, Hillermann’s is a large, diversified company, employing 70 people and providing a variety of services, including a garden center, nursery, florist/gift shop, landscape, lighting and irrigation design and installation, and lawn and garden equipment sales and service.
“We’re excited to have the Hillermann team join the family of companies and all our employees in Missouri. With the combined companies and nurseries, we will be able to better serve our businesses in the area, and the community, as well as offer services in new areas we did not before,” said Don Simon, CEO of Missouri Operations. “We’ll be hiring 20 more employees almost immediately to grow the business and keep up with demand.”
“As with all our acquisitions, the existing management and staff will remain on board with us and continue to run and grow the business while we offer support and capital to do so,” said Greg Hoffmann, Co-CEO Hoffmann Family of Companies.
In a recent e-newsletter, Scott Hillermann, president Hillermann Nursery & Florist, wrote: “Since the Hillermann family does not have third generation succession plan for the business, when presented with a unique opportunity, we made the hard decision to sell to the Hoffmann Family of Companies. It was a very hard decision, and all of the family members were involved.
“Mr. Hoffmann and Don Simon have been very professional and said throughout all prior and current discussions that the business will remain the same. I am still the president and have been instructed to run everything the same as before. There are no instructions to change anything, including the fact that we will keep all of our current employees. The history and memory of brothers Don and Bernie Hillermann will live on with the business.
“The business employs around 70 people, which can grow to around 90 during the busy season. It is good to keep these jobs available in the area. The Hillermann family and staff are grateful to the community and customers that have supported the business over all the years. We are excited to continue to offer the high quality products and services that have always been a priority to the family. We hope to continue to see familiar faces and grow the business with the community.”
Maintaining the existing management and staff is reportedly important to the Hoffmann process; this ensures a smooth transition, as well as ensures existing customers, vendors, and clients continue to receive the service they expect and have always received.
“We’re excited to join forces. The Hoffmanns have some exciting projects that we look forward to being part of and the Hoffmanns have emphasized many times that nothing will change in the business of taking care of customers,” said Scott Hillermann.