Reach Supplies opened its doors in 2017 when James Reach left the Navy to join his father, Doug Reach, in the horticulture supply business. James served as a Lieutenant aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and wanted to put his skills to work in the business his father worked in for over 30 years.
Doug: “I have been on the road selling plants and supplies since 1989. As James grew up, I sold pots, burlap, baskets, and bamboo to growers from the Mid-Atlantic into Canada. As James was considering what to do after separating from the Navy, I said, ‘I have an idea…’ James turned that idea into a patented deer protection product – Trunk Shield. He developed and marketed the Trunk Shield deer protector as he sold the same supplies his father sold out of a warehouse (converted potting barn) at Cumberland Nurseries in Millville, NJ.”
When Reach Supplies first opened its doors for business, the walls on the warehouse weren’t finished, and James and Doug had to cover pallets of twine and burlap with plastic tarps on a daily basis to keep the rain out. With a small indoor style forklift that barely ran, storing pallets of baskets in an unpaved storage yard was challenging.
James: “We wouldn’t have made it without Cumberland Nurseries. I don’t know how many times they pulled our broken forklift out of the mud those first years.”
We try to serve growers with fast deliveries and good inventory. We want the reputation of reliability – when a grower has a supply emergency or just needs supplies.
We recently added an online store to our website so growers who normally work longer than most companies’ office hours can check prices and freight 24/7. Most orders ship same day or next day.
Reach Supplies LLC
1521 Bridgeton-Millville Pike
Millville, NJ 08332