Skagit Horticulture announced it is ceasing operations this spring. On Feb. 7, the company posted the following announcement on its website:
“To Our Customers,
Skagit Horticulture LLC will be discontinuing operations April 7th, 2024. This includes our Skagit Gardens and Northwest Horticulture brands. We have weathered many challenges in the past. However, current economic issues including market pressures, production cost, energy cost, freight cost and the business climate in the State of Washington have all contributed to this decision.
We plan to continue to have products available for sale through March 29th on a first come, first served basis while supplies last. Please continue to work with your account manager or you can place your order at www.skagitgardens.com. All sales will be final.”
Skagit Horticulture CEO Scott Crownover told Greenhouse Grower Editor Brian Sparks that the company, which works with both mass-market retailers and independent garden centers, has felt the pressure of economic conditions and a challenging business climate in the state of Washington. This includes the highest minimum wage in the country and a state-mandated 40-hour work week followed by overtime.
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Crownover says, in adherence with Washington’s Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, more than 100 employees were given a 60-day notice of layoff.
“Between now and April 7, we will clean out the facility and potentially sell what we’re able to sell,” Crownover says. “There’s always the opportunity for someone to come in and buy part of all of the business, but there’s nothing in place right now.”
Skagit Horticulture becomes the third Greenhouse Grower Top 100 grower to close since late last year, following Dan Schantz Greenhouses in Pennsylvania and Panzer Nursery in Oregon. Greenhouse Grower wishes our best to the entire Skagit team.