MILLVILLE — Employees from an organic lawn and garden fertilizer company gathered with local officials Thursday to celebrate the opening of the new 12,500-square-foot headquarters in the city.
The Espoma Company, based in Millville, is the largest manufacturer and marketer of organic lawn and garden fertilizers in the country, according to a news release sent from the company.
The new headquarters sits adjacent to the existing company structures used for manufacturing, warehousing and distribution of its products ranging from fertilizers to potting soils, the release said.
“Since our last expansion in the 1990s, we have grown from being a regional supplier to becoming a national leader in the retail lawn and garden industry,” Vice President Jeremy Brunner said.
The family-owned business founded in 1929 has about 50 full- and part-time workers.
The headquarters now features sustainable design factors such as LED lighting, Energy Star-rated insulation and roofing, and an oxygen-producing Living Green Wall made up of 672 potted plants. The plants improve the air quality and conserve energy by absorbing sunlight.
“By always reinvesting our profits back into our business, we’ve been able to maintain and achieve state-of-the-art facilities and operations that are unrivaled in the industry,” Brunner said.