After a devastating punch from Hurricane Michael Oglesby Plants International will take a big step in ongoing recovery as it begins shipping again during the week of October 29. Though initial availabilities will be limited, liner supplies will increase in step with infrastructure repairs in the coming weeks and months.
“We were in the worst of the hurricane’s eye wall and we were hit hard,” said Gary Hennen, president of Oglesby Plants International. “Most of our greenhouses were out of commission and one destroyed. Our lab sustained roof and water damage. Out of power until October 24 and still no communications. The damage could have been mistaken for a tornado.”
With donations and support from the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association and friends all across the industry and rebuilding efforts by Higgins AG, in time Oglesby will make a full recovery to pre-hurricane production. Sustained damage was the worst ever experienced by hurricane in the company’s 70+ year history.
“We’re so grateful for the help from FNGLA, Higgins AG, our friends, and the hard work of our Oglesby team,” said Hennen. “It’s been tough but we’re seeing light at the end of the tunnel and we’ll make it through.”