On Oct. 21, Florikan, a specialist in polymer-coated, controlled release fertilizers (CRF), hosted a grand opening at its new 85,000-square-foot manufacturing, distribution and warehousing facility in the Hardee County Commerce Park.   

"This facility represents a mutually beneficial partnership that allows a second-generation family business to advance in today’s marketplace with help from the Small Business Administration (SBA), the Hardee County Industrial Development Authority (IDA), and community bank all working together to increase production for a product developed with assistance from NASA,” said Florikan President Eric Rosenthal.  “It is Florida based manufacturing, job creation and economic development bringing solutions to Florida agricultural and horticultural producers with a progressive technology that aids in efficient crop production and reduces environmental impacts, which conserves our resources.”

In order to better support the rising demand for its products, Florikan is doubling its production capacity to 30,000 tons and increasing the storage capacity of its distribution and finished goods warehouse. Florikan will continue to offer a diverse portfolio of fertilizer products engineered by two unique CRF technologies, Gal-XEONE®/ Florikote® and Nutricote®, which will now be manufactured and distributed, respectively, out of the Hardee County location for the agricultural, turf and ornamental industries.

“Florikan’s new manufacturing facility furthers our company’s vision of bringing plant nutrition, production, and conservation together by providing growers with improved access to efficient fertilizer technologies”, Rosenthal said.  “We appreciate the support of Hardee County’s Board of County Commissioners and its Industrial Development Authority  (IDA), and we are grateful for this partnership, which enables our growth and creates jobs and economic development to the area.”

The company engineers specialized coatings to optimize plant nutrition and reduce environmental impact. Its engineered coating technologies encapsulate fertilizers allowing for controlled nutrient delivery. Florikan products optimize plant nutrition by providing a constant supply of fertilizer throughout the growth cycle, thereby reducing environmental impacts by limiting fertilizer loss while extending fertilizer availability to the plant.

Florikan, an award winning privately held agri-tech business headquartered in Sarasota, FL, is dedicated to evolving plant nutrition through advanced fertilizer technologies by manufacturing, blending, and distributing controlled release fertilizer. Florikan serves the major markets of professional ornamental horticulture, landscape & turf, and specialty agriculture in North America and select export markets.  The company is owned and managed by family’s the second generation who are pleased to expand and grow the company to provide more jobs and economic impact to the state of Floida.he plant is located in the Hardee County Commerce Park at 2404 Commerce Court Bowling Green, FL 33834.  For information about Florikan, visit www.Florikan.com or call (800) 322-8666.