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West Virginia is home to eighth-largest young plant producer in US


The Herald-Dispatch

Scott Barnitz, vice president of Bob’s Market & Greenhouses, Ink., displays Vinca plants in Mason.
(Herald-Dispatch photo by Lori Wolfe)

MASON, W.Va. — It started as a small greenhouse in the family’s backyard, but today Bob’s Market & Greenhouses in Mason, West Virginia, has become the eighth-largest young plant producer in the United States.

“We have 1 million feet of greenhouse space,” said Scott Barnitz, who is one of five vice presidents of the business, along with his four brothers. “This season we have sown, germinated, grown, loaded and shipped nearly 97 million plants. On a calendar year, we produce approximately 150 million plants.”

The company’s flowers have ended up at Walt Disney World, the Pentagon and various other government buildings in Washington, D.C., Barnitz said.

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