Armstrong Growers, a division of Armstrong Garden Centers Inc., announced that it has acquired the business assets of Do Right’s Plant Growers in Santa Paula, Calif. Do Right’s staff will now become part of the employee-owned, 126-year old company Armstrong Garden Centers brand.
Armstrong Growers had outgrown its site in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. and looked for a way to continue its growth and allow room for future expansion.
“I knew we needed to be in a climate similar to what we have in San Juan Capistrano, so Ventura County was where I started the search,” said James Russell, vice president of Armstrong Growers.
Faced with the option of building from the ground up or acquiring an operating nursery, Russell contacted the owners of Do Right’s Nursery as a possible solution.
“Knowing the owners through friendly competition, I respectfully asked if they were interested in selling the business,” said Russell.
In the California market, Do Right’s and Armstrong Growers are two companies known for standing out as leaders that provide high quality and dedicated service to specialty retailers. Armstrong Growers has a solid presence in Southern California, Arizona and Nevada. Do Right’s has a strong presence in both Northern and Southern California.
The two companies reached a deal that accomplished Armstrong’s need to expand and satisfied the desire of the Do Right’s owners to transition the business over to its employees. For Do Right’s owners, it allows them to retire after 44 successful years in business.
“The business has been a labor of love,” said Dudley Davis, owner and president of Do Right’s Plant Growers. “It will be great to see Armstrong Growers continue to operate on our property.”
“James and the Armstrong team have been a pleasure to work with as we part with the business that has been our life for so many years,” said Dianne Davis, co-owner of Do Right’s. “They were able to help us keep our wish to pass the business on to the great people that helped us build it.”
Joining forces will benefit commercial landscape customers and retailers alike. Armstrong Growers will continue with many of the plant programs offered by Do Right’s and blend in Armstrong’s product mix. Both growers remain dedicated to independent garden centers and creating plant products that help set their customers apart from other stores.
“Dudley and I have confidence Armstrong will carry on with the same attention to quality and customer service Do Right’s is known for,” said Dianne Davis. “Our customers and employees are like family to us, as we take a step toward retirement, we both know we are leaving our family in good hands”
Armstrong Growers operates three growing facilities in California and one in Georgia. These sites will coordinate with the new site in Santa Paula.
“One of the reasons we are excited about merging with the Do Right’s team is the quality of their people,” said Russell. “Dudley and Dianne have a highly skilled production team and incredible sales force.”
The Do Right’s team will see drastically increased production as the business that Armstrong brings will keep the Santa Paula facility at full capacity year-round.
Armstrong Growers will vacate its San Juan Capistrano site by the end of this summer. Plans have been underway for two years to expand its Fallbrook facility to accommodate the move. Certain programs will continue in Santa Paula and some will now be grown in Fallbrook, Calif.
The official transfer of ownership is set for June 1. Prior to this date, Armstrong Growers and Do Right’s will continue preparing for the transition.