OBERLIN -- While amajorfire may have set them back, Green Circle Growers in Lorain County is still sprouting plants by the millions.
It was five days after Valentine's Day when 30 mph winds blew this place -- not a kiss -- but a sucker punch: 200,000 square feet of greenhouse -- gone.
From the outside looking in, you'd think losing the workspace would be crippling. But from the inside out, you can tell those 200,000 square feet were a drop in the bucket.
A golf cart is needed to get around this 100-acre wide "factory under glass" -- that's four million square feet. Take FirstEnergy Stadium and multiply it by 70.
Green Circle Growers has doubled in size in seven years, not by selling to green thumbs, but to big box stores. Locally, you're going to see our product in Wal-Mart, Home Depot and Sam's Club.
They're a top 10 employer in Lorain County.
In peak season they employ about as many people as Oberlin College.
The fire was a set-back, but they're building back even bigger.
And for a company that knows a thing or two about growth -- "rosey" is how they'd gauge their future here.