The Henry F. Michell Company (Michell’s) announced that 2015 marks its 125th year in business. The company sources a vast array of input products –flowering annuals, geraniums, mums, perennials, poinsettias, seed, plugs, flowering foliage, nursery stock, and more – from over 650 vendors. They also service the needs of more than 3,500 customers including wholesale greenhouses, retail garden centers, wholesale nurseries, and landscapers from coast to coast.
In making the announcement, President and CEO Henry F. Michell 4th (Rick) stated, ”Michell’s is proud that 2015 marks our 125th year (and fourth generation) of business. My great-great grandfather (and namesake) Henry F. Michell started this company in 1890 following his passion for horticulture. It all started with a single sale of 2 ounces of flower seed for $1.50 and 125 years later, we are a multi-million dollar company with nearly 100 employees nationwide.”
Although the company was founded in a modest two-story building at 10th and Market Street in Philadelphia, the company relocated to King of Prussia in 1960, where they are still headquartered today. Michell’s marks the anniversary through their development of a scholarship fund dedicated to aid in the education of high school agricultural students across the country. Partnering with the National FFA Association, Michell’s along with select vendors is able to aid students interested in agriculture as well as aid an organization with deep roots in the American Horticultural industry. Michell’s developed a scholarship program where a portion of the proceeds from FFA purchases will be sent to the National FFA. The scholarship will be awarded at the National Convention in Louisville, KY in October 2015. This scholarship will be received by a deserving horticulture student, seeking a bright future in the industry.