Sunday , January 24 2021

Landmark Charlottetown Business Venkampon Greenhouse sells business



Charlotte T., P.E. – A new owner is ready to develop the landmark Charlottetown business.

On December 1, the sons of the founder, Charlie and Billy Wincampen, have taken possession of the Greenhouse, the Cassidy Group.

KCD Group Chairman Mike KCD said, "My background is certainly farming as a young man," the Cassidy family adds that runs a farm in Hampton.

"I've spent years on the relay farm only in the Baltic area of ​​Hamilton, north of Kensington, so I'm definitely appreciative of agriculture … and with this greenhouse operation, it's really farming and you're farming in the city. 39;

A business located on Alan Street has been in the Vanacamon family since last 60 years.

Giggsberts (Goose), Vancouver, Dutch immigrant, moved to Charlottetown on March 31, 1953, and bought a small greenhouse business in 1959, which is now similar to that of which is 3.84 acres of area. Gus died in 2009.

"There was no one in the VanCampon family who was interested in the successor's plan," Cassidy said.

Venkampon's sons were very emotional in the final form of sales, he said, but he assured the brothers that they were interested not only of land but also in the business.

Cassidy is not committed to maintaining the legacy of VanCampon, but will keep its name. They bought the assets of Island Greenhouses and Fields Horticulture Inc. The name company formed.

"Billy and Charlie and (I) will sit at the kitchen table and we could not reduce the price and discuss. Values ​​and perspectives and employees, customers, ideas that you can have on the market, spend more time in the greenhouse changes. '
Mike Cassidy

"Every time we met, it was in the kitchen table," Cassidy said. "Billy and Charlie and (I) will sit at the kitchen table and we could not reduce the price and discuss. Values ​​and perspectives and employees, customers, ideas that you can have on the market, spend more time in the greenhouse changes. '

Billy and Charlie refused to interview for the story, but Charlie's nephew, Peter Mezar, who worked for most of his life in the greenhouse, gave some thought.

"It would definitely be exciting," Meijer said. "I'm waiting for the next year."


At a glance

The Cassidy Group now includes T3 Transit, KCD Real Estate Holdings, Venkampon, Coach Atlantic, Maritime Bus and Cassidy Farms.


Cassidy said that on the basis of the season, peak season staff of approximately 30-35 people and 50 staff stop.

Cassidy plans to introduce two products in a new product – the Haekap and the Golden Berry – to see if they can become a professional crop for venampenes.

This business will continue to provide all the similar products and before that it will be produced.

And, even though Charlie and Billy have sold the business, they are not going too far for now. They agreed to stay in the 2019 season to help transit.

Cassidy was also sitting with three main staff members and promoted him in senior management status.

"They know the business, I want to know more about them, I want them to take more responsibility, I want them to be able to make decisions, I want them to believe that these businesses are themselves. Will learn from Charlie and Billy. & # 39;

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