PRT has signed a long term lease with the State of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WI DNR) for the cooler/warehouse building located at the Hayward State Nursery in Hayward, Wisconsin. This cold storage facility will be called PRT Great Lakes States, as the company says in the press release received by Lesprom Network.
The lease will commence on July 1, 2016, and PRT plans to immediately upgrade the refrigeration capabilities in order to cold store containerized forest seedlings at this facility for spring plant seedlings destined for plantations in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan. PRT grown forest seedlings will arrive at the facility later in 2016 and will be available for local deliveries in 2017.
PRT President and CEO Rob Miller commented: “With establishment of this facility PRT will take another step towards our goal of better serving our customers in the Great Lakes States region. The states of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan are important markets for us. A fully functioning cold storage facility that is local to our customers will allow us to make PRT’s containerized forest seedlings available for quick and effective turnaround deliveries during the key spring plant period starting in 2017.”
The PRT group, through affiliates PRT USA Inc. and PRT Growing Services Ltd, is a forest seedling propagator and the largest producer of container-grown forest seedlings in North America, currently growing more than 180 million seedlings annually and operating a network of forest seedling nurseries in the US and Canada.