Home Nursery Celebrates 95 Years

March 2, 2016
For more information, contact: Ann Tosovsky, 618-593-2497, annt@homenursery.com

Home Nursery Celebrates 95-Year Anniversary

by Honoring its Commitment to its Customers

Albers, IL – Home Nursery Inc., a family-owned grower of nursery stock and supplier to garden centers, landscapers and distribution centers, is celebrating its 95-year anniversary in 2016. Family-owned since its beginning, Home Nursery was founded by Ernest E. Tosovsky Sr. in 1921. Through the leadership of Tosovsky and his sons, Ernest Jr. and Chuck, the company has grown and expanded from a vegetable garden in Edwardsville, IL to a 500-acre farm in Albers, IL with two distribution centers and service to 13 Midwestern states. The Nursery has stayed in the Tosovsky family and is currently being led by Ann Tosovsky, granddaughter of the founder.

Home Nursery has remained successful because of its unwavering dedication to its customers. “We have great relationships with our customers, and we care about their success,” said Ann Tosovsky, president of Home Nursery. “As a result, product quality is key. It may sound cliché, but it is how we run our business.”

As an example of this customer focus and passion for quality, the company recently purchased land to begin a “pot in pot” production system that uses containers placed inside permanent in-ground containers to improve growing and transporting. The main benefit of this system is that plants and trees can be harvested all year (for the most part) for improved availability, versus waiting for the right time to dig in the fields. Other advantages include root protection from extreme hot and cold temperatures, greater stability for reduced tipping and the ability to grow and overwinter shrubs in a single fixed location, reducing costs and stress on the plant. The first pot in pot crop should be harvested in 2017.

Additionally, the company recently implemented “Lean Flow” to improve the shipping process at its main farm in Albers, IL. Most loads are now shipped on racks, which contributes to less breakage, reduces shortages and is easier for customers to manage and unload.

“We have always been able to change with the times, which helps us stay relevant for our customers,” said Tosovsky. “We implement new systems to improve plant quality; we improve processes to make it easier and faster to do business with us; we keep up to speed with new plant varieties that are introduced to the market so that our customers can offer innovative options. With this commitment, we plan to be in business for the next 95 years.”

Home Nursery is celebrating 95 years with several internal and external celebrations throughout the year. The company introduced a new anniversary logo for banners and trade shows, recognized many of its long-tenured employees at a recent company breakfast and will host open houses for customers at both distribution centers in September. The company will also host an employee / family event on October 8 at its farm in Albers.

“Our anniversary is the perfect time for us to reflect on our business and say thank you to our employees and customers that have allowed us to succeed,” said Tosovsky.

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About Home Nursery

Home Nursery is a family-owned and operated, innovative leader in producing and distributing field and container grown nursery stock to garden centers and landscaping companies. Founded in 1921, the company’s 700-acre farm is located in Albers, Illinois, just 35 miles outside of St. Louis, MO. This central location allows the Nursery to deliver products anywhere in its 13-state territory within a week or less. Home Nursery also maintains two full-service distribution centers – one in Albers, IL and the other in O’Fallon, Missouri – to meet local customers’ needs. 

 

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