Pineae Greenhouses, Inc. has been a familiar presence in northern Utah since 1952 when the Gold family opened a small greenhouse in Bountiful, Utah. Since then the business has had to move further north to allow for expansion and to protect their product, as strong canyon winds made the mountainside location less than ideal. Pineae now operates 14 acres of greenhouse and 50 acres of container nursery production in Ogden, Utah, and desires to expand even more, creating more jobs for the local workforce.
Pineae Greenhouses is a premium grower of many types of plants, including spring flowering annuals, perennials, container plants, and flowering holiday plants, which are shipped out to stores throughout the Rocky Mountain region.
Brian Gold, owner, said he enjoys the business and is enthusiastic about the prospect of employing more people to work the lush acres of flowering plants. “We have a lot of employees,” he said. “We see an opportunity to expand and keep the business for our family and the families of our employees.” To ensure the business can grow, Gold sought a loan through USDA Rural Development’s Business & Industry Guaranteed Loan Program. This program is intended to improve the economic and environmental climate in rural communities.
The Gold family employs 85 full time workers and expects to add 20 more employees through 2014 with a total of 38 new employees by 2016. This growth is possible in part by the business being able to expand with the USDA loan.