The award, in its 25th year, recognizes progressive growers nominated by their peers who embrace technology and modern production practices, market innovatively, deliver strong customer service and demonstrate industry leadership. A judging committee narrowed the field down to four finalists, including Lucas, Hank Bukowski of Kube-Pak Corporation, Art and Abe Van Wingerden of Metrolina Greenhouse and the Pinkus family of Nortex Wholesale Nursery.
"Nominated growers at operations of all sizes, from a few acres to more than 100 acres, illustrated industry innovation," said Steve Larson, BASF Turf & Ornamentals National Ornamentals Account Manager. "Innovation drives BASF to be the best, and we are proud to recognize others that strive to be the best of the best, especially this year`s winner, George Lucas."
George and Louise Lucas created Lucas Greenhouses 30 years ago and it now serves garden centers within a 150-mile radius. With a team of more than 75 talented
individuals, the operation produces and ships more than 200,000 hanging baskets and 100,000 bedding plant flats. Committed to researching new technologies and
growing methods, the operation has become grower of choice for young plants as well as a rooting station for leading companies.
Lucas Greenhouses are committed to providing the highest quality plants on the market supported by remarkable customer service. No matter the size of your company or order, their unique approach is to treat each customer and order with the personal attention they need. They are a customer-driven greenhouse, and they find great pride in partnering with there customers and helping them grow and achieve the success they desire.
On April 7, 1979, Lucas Greenhouses was officially open for business. Today the standard that has always remained constant is their focus on excellence. They gear their product to-ward the Retail Garden Center, striving to give them the very best in both plant material and service, reported BTA’s newsletter.
Photo (Greenhouse Grower Magazine): George Lucas (center).