LOUISIANA, MO, October 23, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Stark Bro's Nurseries & Orchards Co., one of the country's oldest and largest retail and commercial growers of fruit and nut trees, announced today it has acquired J.E. Miller Nurseries, another privately-held nursery/grower located in Canandaigua, NY.
By incorporating Miller's resources and 75 years of experience, Stark Bro's — founded in 1816 and credited for discovering both the Red Delicious and Golden Delicious apples — will now be the nation's largest direct-to-consumer grower of fruit and nut trees, berry plants and other horticultural products.
"When my brother David passed away unexpectedly last spring, I knew it was time to retire," said J. E. Miller Nurseries CEO John Miller. "One of the first things I did was call my long-time friend, Cameron Brown (Stark Bro's CEO). The quality of their products and the care they take with their own customers made it an easy decision. I know David would be pleased with this arrangement."
Brown is honored with the Miller stewardship. "The real winners here are Miller's customers. There will be so much more for them... not just products, but advice, supplies and a large online community of fellow growers. I'm so grateful to John for his trust and confidence, and we can't wait to welcome their customers to our family and show them just how much they're appreciated."
Over the coming weeks, both companies will finalize the logistics of the acquisition, integrating product lines and introducing customers to the newly expanded offerings.
According to Stark Bro's Ken Lane, "We're excited to provide Miller's customers with an even wider choice of top-quality fruit trees, berry plants, and everything else they need to be successful. In addition, we will inherit Miller's growing capabilities for cold-hardy trees and plants, so that we can satisfy their sizable Northeast-based customer contingency and expand our own. Our object is to exceed Miller customer expectations at every point of contact."
Chief Operating Officer Jacqueline Zbleski added, "Miller customers will be pleased with Stark Bro's logistical and shipping abilities. We're able to ship trees and plants so that they spend less time in transit - better for the plants and better for customer success."
The J. E. Miller Nurseries website will redirect to http://StarkBros.com, already one of the Internet's most popular nursery-supply sites.
ABOUT STARK BRO'S
Stark Bro's Nurseries and Orchards Co., founded in 1816, is a grower and distributor of fruit and nut trees as well as grape vines, berry plants and other horticultural products. Stark Bro's is synonymous with the Red Delicious and Golden Delicious apples, which account for nearly 40% of all worldwide apple sales. Stark's corporate offices, retail Garden Center, main test orchards and nurseries are located in Louisiana, Missouri. Nursery stock is also grown at a branch location near Atlas, Illinois and will be supplemented with Miller's New York-based growers. The company serves both consumers, through its website and catalog, and commercial buyers through its commercial sales division.
For complete information, please visit http://www.StarkBros.com.
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