Aris Horticulture's Fort Myers, FL, farms were impacted by Hurricane Ian. Aris employees are reporting in, confirming their safety, and returning to work. Both the Alva and Live Oak farms have incurred some facility damage, primarily to the poly roof coverings for greenhouses and field saran. There is no major structural damage. Coolers, buildings, and equipment received are operating via emergency power generators until Florida Power & Electric restores power.
The container and liner crops are being attended to, with shipments resuming next week. Power and water are being targeted to critical areas. While it has been just a couple of days, maintenance and operations crews are working hard to restore operations and shipments. Aris Keepsake Plants will continue to accept orders.
A comprehensive assessment of the damage to the facilities and a long-term facility recovery plan are being developed. "Plans will ensure that, through a combination of repairs to existing facilities and some re-building, both farms will have ample appropriate production area for upcoming production needs and will continue to provide a reliable supply for our customers," the company concludes.
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