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April 11, 2012

Marysville, Ohio-based The Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. named more than 100 non-profit organizations as 2012 GRO1000 Grassroots Grant recipients. 

The grants will help build or enhance greenscapes in communities as part of the national GRO1000 initiative to create 1,000 community gardens and green spaces by 2018. 

A list of recipients can be found at http://www.grogood.com.

March 18, 2012

According to an article in the New York Times, Scott the Scot of Scotts Miracle-Gro’s new ad campaign was created to instruct and educate.

The ad campaign comes after the Marysville, Ohio-based lawn care giant expanded its advertising budget to about $135 million, up from about $85 million, according to the article. The character on the commercial, played by a Scottish actor named Phil McKee, provides expert advice in a Scottish accent.

January 10, 2012

A Mount Vernon, Ohio, location of 84 Lumber -- one of six in the state -- closed its doors Monday morning, the Mount Vernon News reported.

Mount Vernon is about 50 miles northeast of Columbus in central Ohio. The store is located on 665 Harcourt Rd. in Mount Vernon.

December 7, 2011

Marysville, Ohio-based Scotts Miracle-Gro said Wednesday morning that its first quarter will see a bigger-than-expected loss, but it is maintaining its outlook for the full year.

Sales for the first quarter ending Dec. 31 are expected to decline about $30 million from the same quarter a year ago. The adjusted net loss in the quarter is expected to range from $70 million to $75 million, compared with a net loss of $65.6 million in the prior year.

The $1.20-to-$1.25 per share loss is greater than the $1.13 per share loss expected by Wall Street.

December 5, 2011

According to an article in the Wichita Business Journal, Worthington Industries has no plans for workforce reductions in its new Maize, Kan., plant. 

Columbus, Ohio-based Worthington took over the Maize plant, where pressure cylinders are made, from Coleman Co. According to the newspaper, Worthington bought the plant for $23 million. It has about 70 employees.

October 24, 2011

Marysville, Ohio-based Scotts Miracle-Gro will collaborate with Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI) on research and development in natural plant protection products. 

"We are excited about this new partnership with MBI because we believe it will lead to improved products that enable gardeners who choose natural options to get great results," said Bruce Caldwell, Scotts Miracle-Gro's Global R&D Leader. 

October 10, 2011

Marysville, Ohio-based Scotts Miracle-Gro said it expects to report a 2% decline in sales for fiscal 2011 when it issues its full-year financial results Nov. 8.

The sales shortfall, coupled with associated gross margin pressure, will likely result in adjusted net earnings in a range of approximately $2.70 to $2.75 per share, according to the company. The company had forecast earnings of about $3.00 per share back in August.

August 8, 2011

The challenges from unfriendly weather hit Scotts Miracle-Gro hard in the quarter ended July 2, as sales declined 10% to $1.06 billion.

The decline was driven primarily by poor weather across most of the United States throughout the duration of the lawn and garden season, as well as a more competitive promotional landscape and changes in certain retailer strategies within the mass merchandise channel, the Marysville, Ohio-based company said. 

July 6, 2011

Scotts Miracle-Gro, the industry’s largest supplier of lawn and garden products, has entered into a new $1.7 billion secured revolving credit facility, scheduled to mature in 2016. This replaces its existing $2.2 billion facility, which was set to expire in February 2012.

May 3, 2011

While posting strong second-quarter results, Marysville, Ohio-based Scotts Miracle-Gro is hoping for more cooperative weather. 

Scotts posted net sales of $1.13 billion for the quarter ended April 2, up 8% from the same quarter last year. Net income increased 50% to $177.6 million.

For the quarter, company-wide adjusted gross margin rate increased 41.1% compared with 39.6% a year earlier. The improvement was due to the benefit of lower commodity costs, as well as supply chain efficiencies and a favorable product mix.

April 10, 2011

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. announced that Jim Lyski has been named executive VP and chief marketing officer. 

Lyski will also be accountable for advancing the Marysville, Ohio-based company's "Consumer First" strategy specifically to maximize opportunities for sustainable brand portfolio and market share growth, along with continuing to build stronger relationships with consumers.

March 30, 2011

Seattle-based Dunn Lumber is closing one of  its yards this week, according to a report in the Snohomish County Business Journal. The Marysville, Wash., lumberyard had been operating for 44 years.

President Mike Dunn told the newspaper the sluggish economy in the Marysville, Wash.-area and the lack of projects forced the company's hand. 

 

March 30, 2011

Simonton Windows, the vinyl window and patio door manufacturer, has finalized plans to relocate the company’s corporate office to Easton Town Center in Columbus, Ohio. The transition -- from Parkersburg, W.Va. -- is set to be complete in June 2011. The company is part of the Home and Security business of Fortune Brands Inc. 

March 22, 2011

Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. said it will phase out phosphorus from lawn fertilizers, including the market-leading Scotts Turf Builder brand, by the end of 2012.

Additionally, the Marysville, Ohio-based company said it will sharpen its focus on more efficient and optimized ways to use nitrogen in its lawn fertilizer products. 

February 19, 2011

As Menards prepares to open its first store in Columbus, Ohio, the number-three U.S. home center chain made a deal to acquire more land for a second Columbus store, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

The company's first Columbus store is expected to open in the spring. That's about the same time that work is expected to begin on the second store, on the city's east side. That second store will probably open in spring 2012.

November 3, 2010

Marysville, Ohio-based Scotts Miracle-Gro reported record sales of $3.14 billion for fiscal 2010, a 5%...

November 23, 2008

84 Lumber has closed its Pataskala, Ohio truss plant, but an adjoining store will remain...

August 26, 2008

Lowe’s plans new stores for several locations throughout the United States, with two new stores...

April 29, 2008

Retailers were told April 28 to remove Scotts’ weed preventer and related pesticides from their...

April 1, 2008

The acquisition includes a lumberyard and truss facility in Delaware, Ohio; a truss plant in...

February 24, 2008

The retailer has planned a new location in Lancaster, Ohio, to be opened in April,...

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