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McCowns’ Knight Hollow Nursery wins 2nd place in UPS small business contest

Knight Hollow Nursery, Inc., of Middleton, Wis., a spinoff company founded by Brent McCown and Deborah McCown, has been named the second place winner of the UPS Best “Out-of-the-Box” Small Business Contest.

Brent McCown is on the CALS horticulture faculty and Director of the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems. Deborah McCown is a CALS alumna (B.S. and Ph.D.)

UPS provided the following information about Knight Hollow Nursery, Inc.

When Dr. Brent McCown invented a way to clone and reproduce woody plants in a controlled environment, his wife, Dr. Deborah McCown, realized the huge potential of this new and innovative technology. Thus, Knight Hollow Nursery (KHN) was founded in 1981 and now is a custom wholesale grower of specialized plants. KHN was established to meet the demand for quickly and efficiently reproduced quality woody plants. The end results are unique, high-value plant specimens, including patented ornamental plants like trees and shrubs.

The UPS Best “Out-of-the-Box” Small Business Contest honors innovative companies with 2006 revenues of at least $250,000 but not more than $10 million. Eligible businesses in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, the Philippines and Singapore were asked to submit 500-word essays explaining why they’re original and how they’ve been successful. The entries were judged on originality, business implementation and business results.