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December 15, 2010

Third Generation Small Business Set to Expand, Keep Jobs in Killingly

Community Investment Act paying dividends for local economy as construction on new greenhouse is completed

Killingly: Logee’s Tropical Plants, a third generation family owned business in the Town of Danielson, is expanding its operations, growing jobs, and reducing energy costs thanks to the completion of a new state-of-the-art greenhouse.

Logee’s owners leveraged funding from the Farm Transition Grant program with their own resources in order to build the new energy efficient facility. The greenhouse will be used for plant production and will help preserve as many as 30 jobs, while substantially lowering the company’s energy costs.

Senate President Donald E. Williams, Jr. (D-Brooklyn); Laurelyn Martin and Byron Martin, the owners of Logee’s Tropical Plants; Jonathan Healy, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development State Director; Ron Olson, CT Dept of Agriculture; Elsie Bisset, Killingly’s Economic Development Coordinator; and Bruce Benway, Town Manager, Town of Killingly Town Council marked the event with a news conference and ribbon-cutting.

“Too many small businesses are struggling right now to keep their doors open,” said Senator Williams. “This is a great example of what can happen when government and the private sector work together to strengthen the local economy. I’m pleased Logee’s is expanding its operations and keeping good jobs in Northeastern Connecticut.”

“The importance of the grant program for our small business came at the right time to keep our business viable in these hard economic times,” said Laurelyn Martin. “With the support we are able to expand our greenhouses in a way that makes us more energy efficient, reduces our carbon footprint, saves fuel costs, and lowers our production costs. Thanks to this competitive edge we are able to keep our staff employed and look forward to productive years ahead."

The Farm Transition Grant program is funded by Community Investment Act, which the General Assembly approved in 2005 to support open space, farmland preservation, historic preservation and affordable housing.

Logee's—which has been in business for nearly 120 years, grows and sells tropical plants in the retail market by mail-order and through its retail store. It was recently awarded a federal grant from the USDA, along with the state grant.

“We’re proud of the long tradition of Logee’s Tropical Plants in Killingly,” said Ms. Bisset. “This energy efficient business is well positioned for growth and we enthusiastically welcome its expansion.”


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