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Floral Firm Gets OK for $450K Expansion

Smithers-Oasis building 3,500 square foot addition on Marvin Street

Globally recognized Kent firm Smithers-Oasis has approval from the city to build its 3,500 square foot greenhous addition at the company's Marvin Street property.

The Kent Community Development Department recently issued a permit for the $450,000 project to expand the company's research an development department, which was under cosideration for relocation to South Carolina.

Smithers-Oasis, best known for its floral foam packaging used in flower shops around the globe, broke ground on the new addition recently.

The Kent Board of Zoning Appeals approved plans for the expansion in October.

The firm, founded in 1954, developed water-absorbing foam for florists to use in packaging flowers, according to its website. The company is headquartered in Kent and has two facilities in the U.S. and in Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam and American Samoa.

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