Western Business Coalition growing

Propagation season is over and spring has started — at Meadowview Growers in New Carlisle, anyway.

Plants are growing in the greenhouses as the business gears up for two big events — March Madness and Mother’s Day.

Something else that’s growing, the Western Clark County Business Coalition, recently held its monthly membership meeting at Meadowview. The coalition has recently added 12 new members and hopes to have a total of 120 by the end of the year.

And the group also has others plans.

They’ve been conducting a hanging basket project at the major intersections in New Carlisle. They’re also taking steps to upgrade the Farmers’ Market that will be held in New Carlisle from 9 a.m until 1 p.m each Saturday from June 29 through Sept. 28.

To that end, they’re coordinating with the Tecumseh and Northwestern FFA groups and are planning an information night to generate more interest in the market.

The business coalition will be hold Business After Hours events from 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 12 at the WesBanco Branch, 76 Dayton Road in Enon.

The next membership meeting is from 4 to 5 p.m. March 20 at K-9 Solutions, 975 Ohio 235 in Park Layne.

They also plan to have a joint Business After Hours with the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce at the new R.D. Holder Oil Co. facility on Ohio 235, just down the road from Meadowview Growers, in September.

Business coalition President Scott Griffith said he’s “excited with the way things are going and pleased that people are seeing us in a positive light. It’s an exciting time in Western Clark County.”

He pointed out the group is also working with businesses and chambers in Fairborn and Huber Heights.

Meadowview founder and Vice President Earl Robinson said the business will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year. So on April 26 employees will bury a time capsule to be opened in another 30 years.

The company that started with three greenhouses in a cornfield added a new state-of-the-art, 24,000-square-foot greenhouse in 2008 that features technology that allows them to replace older, less energy-efficient greenhouses and bring more high quality products to customers.

In 2012, a 10,000-square-foot greenhouse was built to expand retail operations. The atrium roof provides natural ventilation and shade in the hot summer months and heat retention in the winter, requiring little energy to control the environment.

Peak employment reaches to about 50 people and Robinson said one employee is a third-generation worker.

Contact this writer at Darryl.Bauer@cmgohio.com or 937-328-0341.

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