*Acquisition Adds Depth to Organization; New Facility Permits Research and Development of Technologies, Furthering of Education and Hosting of Future Events*
Aquatic Eco-Systems Inc. (AES) of Apopka, FL, announced today that it has acquired Green Sky Growers, based in Winter Garden, FL. The acquisition became official June 1, 2011. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
As a result of the acquisition, AES, operating under the name Green Sky Growers, will continue the hydroponic and aquaponic operations started by Bert Roper, on the basis of promoting sustainable living and best practices. Mr. Roper released a statement saying, in part, “The Roper family is pleased to welcome Aquatic Eco-Systems as the new owner of Green Sky Growers. AES has over 30 years of industry expertise and a worldwide outreach, and their innovative research of aquaculture and hydroponic techniques will continue at Green Sky Growers as AES uses the rooftop site for both food production and as a learning facility for their clients from all over the world. We are delighted to have AES join our community and bring their distinctive international know-how to Winter Garden.”
AES was founded on principles of respect for the environment and the preservation of our natural resources; AES will carry out operations at Green Sky Growers in the same manner and aims to take both companies to the next level of success. In a statement about the acquisition, Todd Childress, President of Aquatic Eco-Systems, said, “At AES we have been at the forefront in the development of innovative rooftop and urban growing systems. With Green Sky Growers, we are able to combine state-of-the-art technology with conventional and innovative growing techniques.”
Green Sky Growers will be a one-stop solution for new design ideas, existing garden troubleshooting, education and installation assistance. The facility will cater to commercial growers exploring new agricultural opportunities, homeowners looking for ways to efficiently grow plants and/or fish in their own back yard and those looking to tackle the emerging need for urban gardening.
With this new venture, Green Sky Growers will provide more high-end produce and exotic fish species to local restaurants and grocers, and through the local farmers market and homegrown co-op. In addition to the fresh food that is available for purchase, Green Sky Growers sells equipment for year-round home and urban gardening. AES will make Green Sky Growers THE hub for hydroponic and aquaponic education with a full curriculum of informational seminars and courses for those interested in learning more about hydroponic and aquaponic practices.
Childress looks optimistically to the future, concluding, “It is our hope that Green Sky Growers will become synonymous with expert advice, the best quality products and the exceptional customer service that Aquatic Eco-Systems has provided the past 33 years.”
For more information about Green Sky Growers, facility tour information, a list of current products offered and company updates, visit www.GreenSkyGrowers.com.
**About Aquatic Eco-Systems, Inc.**
Aquatic Eco-Systems Inc. (AES) of Apopka, FL, is the largest source of aquatic products and systems worldwide. Since it was founded in 1978, AES has offered unmatched selection, service and solutions to the aquatic community. With over 13,000 products, AES serves a variety of aquatic interests and industries, from aquaculture and lake management to aquariums and water gardens. AES staffs over 20 technicians and biologists to provide service, expert advice, troubleshooting and custom design solutions to hobbyists and professionals alike. For more information, visit AquaticEco.com or call 407-886-3939.