Sun City is where it all began; it is the home of Speedling’s Corporate Office, our original nursery and our EPS Manufacturing Facility. Located 25 miles south of Tampa on the West Coast of Florida, the Sun City Nursery boasts over 800,000 square feet of greenhouse space. It is our most diverse location with a variety of greenhouse types, giving us the variability to find the best greenhouse to grow your vegetable and ornamental crops.
Our EPS manufacturing facility is just down the road from the nursery attached to our corporate office. The presses run steadily throughout the year, producing top of the line fish boxes and expanded polystyrene trays. The trays are sold worldwide, and used in our nurseries across the country.
The Bushnell Nursery is just a short drive north from the Sun City facilities. It is an example of Speedling’s innovation as our first sub-irrigation growing system. The 700,000 square feet of growing space circulates 4,000,000 gallons of water underneath the trays to irrigate the crops. This unique method allows for plants to get the hydration and fertilizer needed without wetting the foliage – an important consideration for preventing diseases. Most of the year Bushnell is full with vegetable orders, but it also houses tobacco and seeded geraniums, and produces our Speedling soilless media used in operations and sold through our horticultural division.
Nestled in a lush mountain valley of Georgia, our Blairsville facility is as picturesque as the plants grown there. The modern growing facility aids in maximizing efficient production of quality vegetable and ornamental plugs. The facility is a grower’s dream, 10 computer controlled zones able to manipulate the greenhouses’ environments through an Argus controller. The rolling tables allow us to easily move the crops from one growing area to another and finally to shipping.
In 1992, Speedling was California dreamin’ when we created our West Coast headquarters in Nipomo. The second of our sub-irrigation facilities, Nipomo boasts 660,000 square feet of state-of-the-art growing space. Most of the year this facility holds vegetable transplants, but during the holiday seasons the houses are full with beautiful poinsettias. Nipomo is located right off highway 101 allowing for easy shipping to all surrounding areas.
Coalinga is Nipomo’s sister facility, functioning as a satellite facility adding 312,000 square feet of growing space throughout the year.
Watsonville was a part of Speedling’s West Coast expansion, as it was acquired in 1997 to compliment the San Juan Bautista facility nearby. Watsonville has over 502,000 square feet of production space, with greenhouse ranges specifically dedicated to organic crops. Like our Nipomo facility, Watsonville primarily grows vegetable transplants, but as the holidays approach it trades greens for reds, producing beautiful poinsettias.
Out west San Juan Bautista started it all; in 1983 it was Speedling’s first venture in California. The 200,000 square foot facility is certified organic, producing primarily vegetable plugs (both conventional and organic). SJB is also home to the California Spring Trials, where it has thousands of visitors annually as industry leaders come together to see new ornamental offerings.
Found in the fertile sub-tropical Rio Grande Valley, Alamo has more than 200,000 square feet of greenhouse space and 80,000 square feet of an outside plant conditioning area perfect for producing quality vegetable transplants.