Owner of Weeks Roses files for Chapter 11
International Garden Products, the parent company of Weeks Wholesale Rose Grower and Iseli Nursery Inc., has filed for bankruptcy protection, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal.
Court papers state that the company, which supplies roses to garden centers and landscape suppliers across the country, was negatively affected by events unrelated to operations, such as an unpaid $1.7 million order for roses from rival grower Jackson & Perkins for the 2010 season.
Other liability issues total $27.2 million, court papers state.
International Garden Products is seeking bankruptcy court approval of a $7.5 million interim loan to continue operations, the newspaper said.
Jersey Shore TV: Home improvement edition
A home in Seaside Heights, N.J., will receive a makeover on the regional home improvement show “George to the Rescue.” A new porch and four-season room built with AZEK deck products will figure prominently.
The renovated house belongs to a family whose father suffered a severe stroke that left him paralyzed. One feature of the renovation is its low-maintenance requirement, according to Michael Gori, decking product manager for AZEK Building Products.
“AZEK Tahoe nicely matches the look of homes along the New Jersey shoreline and will resist stains, scratches and even moisture for years to come,” Gori said.
The show will appear Oct. 9 on NBC local media stations.
“There is nothing more rewarding than helping deserving families and making their home improvement dreams a reality,” said the show’s host, George Oliphant.
Dealer named in drywall suit
ASouth Dakota couple who claim their house was built with toxic drywall has named ProBuild, along with manufacturer US Gypsum, as defendants in a federal lawsuit, according to an article in the Daily Republic.
Brandon and Renae Gades of Mitchell, S.D., claim that they made extensive renovations to their home using drywall that was contaminated by sulfur dioxide and other harmful substances. These contaminants resulted in health problems and emotional distress, they allege.
The couple said they moved out of the home after their toddler had a seizure in April 2009. They claim that their home is now “valueless.”
US Gypsum produced the drywall, according to the court record. UBC/ProBuild is listed as a building supply center owned by ProBuild Holdings.
USG denies that any of the company’s drywall installed in the Gades home contains any harmful substance, the newspaper reported.