It feels like an era is over at Tournesol Siteworks. We signed the paperwork on a deal with Viapul Corporation of Oakwood Village, OH (near Cleveland), selling them the assets of the Flower Framer product line. We purchased the product line in 2004 from the original owner and founder. The addition of windowboxes back then helped us grow rapidly through the mid-2000’s. As we’ve grown, however, our product line has continued to evolve toward commercial landscape products, and away from residential/retail. The windowbox product just doesn’t fit well in our sales channel anymore.
At the time of the purchase, the founder of Flower Framers told me that he thought there would be a decent market for a larger box for more commercial applications. That led directly to the development of our Wilshire Box line of large hanging commercial planters. They are core to who we are and what we do, and have been hugely successful for us. Their little brothers, however, deserve better.
We were delighted to find a good home for Flower Framers with Viapul Corporation of Ohio. One of Viapul’s directors, Jeff Martin, helped advise us on the purchase of the business back in 2004. He was part owner of the pultrusion plant in Canada where the boxes were manufactured from 2006-2011, and has made the product at the Ohio facility for the past two seasons. They manufacture several other products (including pergolas & arbors) that fit well with a residential/retail sales channel. In some ways, the product is turning full circle, returning to its native Midwest roots.
We’re sad to see it go, but glad that it’s going to a good home. We’ve been part of some truly wonderful projects and connected with many great people during its stay here. It will always be a part of what made us who we are.
For inquiries regarding sales, service, parts, or just to talk about windowboxes, call Viapul at 440-945-6145. They are honoring our 2013 pricing, and will be glad to connect you with the market’s best windowbox!