Westbrook Floral Adjusts Operations
Westbrook Floral, a wholesale grower and distributor of flowers, recently announced a slew of changes to the company.
“Our industry is changing significantly in response to new consumer patterns, including online buying, international trade issues, and cost increases,” said PJ Vermeer, chair of the board of Westbrook Group.
Operational changes include growth in Vancouver, Montreal, and Mississauga to support the company’s cut flower product segment.
The current Beamsville greenhouse locations will continue to grow and supply quality indoor plants for Canadian and U.S. wholesalers, as well as mass-market retailers.
Current office and warehouse space will be consolidated in Beamsville, resulting in some layoffs.
“Unfortunately business decisions like this are hardest because they impact the personal lives of our people,” Vermeer said.
Westbrook Systems, also located in Beamsville, whose core business is in greenhouse manufacturing, is experiencing strong growth and expansion, and will not be affected by the changes.
The Westbrook Group includes four operating divisions: Westbrook Floral, Sierra Flower Trading/Savoir Fleur, Westbrook Greenhouses, and Westbrook Greenhouse Systems. The company has been part of the Grimsby/Beamsville community for more than 50 years and is recognized as a leader in the growing and distribution of cut flowers and potted plants.
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