Scotts Miracle-Gro plans to expand Medway plant

Posted Nov. 03, 2009, at 9:32 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:10 p.m.

MEDWAY, Maine — Ohio-based Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. will expand its $2.5 million plant on Nicatou Industrial Lane in January with new mulch and fertilizer products, company officials said Tuesday.

“We have two [production] lines there right now and the third line is going to help produce our NatureScapes mulch and our Miracle-Gro potting mix,” company spokeswoman Su Lok said from the company’s Marysville, Ohio, headquarters.

The plant, which employs 30 full-time workers, will not expand its work force to produce the additional lines of product, Lok said.

“It’s basically just our adding automation to two existing lines to help meet the demand for the product,” Lok said. “It is among several growing operations of ours.”

The company’s plans include the construction of a new storage building, said Michael Noble, Medway’s assessor’s agent.

The company uses about 450,000 cubic yards of cedar annually to produce mulch and fertilizer products, Lok said.

The plant employed 20 people when Gov. Angus King and several other state officials were on hand to celebrate the opening of the then-Earthgro Inc. plant in 1996. Earthgro was feted for being the first major industry to locate in the town at the time.

The Connecticut-based corporation, which manufactured organic and natural lawn and garden products, produced 80,000 to 100,000 tons of products a year, including soils and fertilizers, mulches and potting soils for mass merchants, garden centers, golf courses, towns and cities, greenhouses and nursery growers, landscapers and national lawn care service providers.

Scotts bought the plant for an undisclosed amount in 1998, Lok said.

Though its presence is not terribly well known in the Katahdin region, the company has grown slowly but steadily since Scotts purchased it almost 12 years ago, Noble said.