Innovation Thrives in Our
Small-But-Mighty Factory in Vermont
By Claudia Marshall
THE manufacturing arm of Gardener’s Supply started life as a greenhouse maker in England, and is still known as SERAC (Solar Energy Research and Construction). The company relocated to Vermont in 1987 and was purchased by Gardener’s Supply two years later. They started designing new products almost immediately. Today, it’s an American success story, employing 14 full-time, hands-on workers and producing 120 different products, including some of Gardener's Supply's most popular innovations.
Our SERAC team produces the nation’s largest selection of cedar raised beds, elevated beds, raised bed corners and accessories. They also manufacture our exclusive SunLite(R) Gardens indoor grow lights for seed starting and houseplants, as well as our popular garden carts.
What accounts for their success? Pete Gay, SERAC general manager, says it’s teamwork. “A lot of people will say I’ve got this can-do attitude, but it’s not just me, it’s throughout the shop. It’s a small team, a tight-knit, hard-working group. I think we all have that spirit to do whatever it takes to get the job done.”