Orson Briggs starts Briggs Nursery, growing small fruits and vegetables in Olympia.
Bruce Briggs (son of Orson) changes the business into a nursery operation focusing on Rhododendron and woody ornamentals.
Bruce Briggs in conjunction with WSU, develops the protocol for tissue propagation (Micro-Propagation).
Briggs starts selling excess micro-propagated plant material (Liners) to growers.
New tissue culture laboratory is built.
Annual liner sales exceed finished stock sales for the first time.
Perennial plug sales start.
Outside independent field sales representatives for liners are contracted. Sales yard operation is sold.
Briggs builds a new state of the art TC laboratory and propagation house effectively doubling the size of the lab.
Donates the Olympia Land to the YMCA of Olympia and moves remaining operations to Elma.
Briggs stops supplying finished containers to retail garden centers and focuses entire production on Liners.
Briggs is purchased by the Sidhu family.
Briggs resumes container production and expands to work with garden centers.
Introduces 2.5 x 3.25 inch “L3” liner size for faster container finishing and greater versatility
Expands ornamental grasses line and switches to deeper 72 cell plug tray.
Significant increase in production of Emerald Green Arborvitae in C5 and C7 containers.
2023 and beyond...
New automation equipment is brought online.