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Dillon Floral History
History PhotoThe Dillon business first began in 1875 when John Lloyd Dillon, (the son of Irish immigrant Patrick Dillon), began growing flowering and vegetable plants in a greenhouse on College Hill. J. Lloyd soon became a famous carnation grower by hybridizing his own varieties. In 1906, he passed away, and his wife Louise ran the business until 1916 when their sons inherited it.

 

Charles H. Dillon began as managing partner at age 19. Charles and his younger brother Harold operated the business in partnership when it was incorporated and named J. L. Dillon, Inc. When Charles Dillon died in 1953, Harold became president and Charles' son Douglas K. Dillon, who had just graduated from Cornell University in floriculture, became treasurer.

 

Dillon Floral has, through its history, played a very active role in shaping the flower industry. Second generation owner, Charles H. Dillon, helped start the Pennsylvania Floral Industry Association (PFIA) and was instrumental in the creation of Roses Incorporated, the North American Commercial rose growers association in 1937.

 

Douglas K. Dillon,third generation, became president in 1961. Doug also served as president of the PFIA, Roses Inc. and The Society of American Florists (SAF). He resided on the original PromoFlor Board, responsible for the popular Buzz the Bee television flower commercials. In 1990, Doug appointed veteran company grower and engineer K. Fred Fries to serve as president.

 

Fourth generation president, Robert W. Dillon, was appointed in 1995. He has served the industry as a director of PFIA and President of Roses Inc. Company Vice President, Katy Miller, served as a director of the Wholesale Florists and Floral Suppliers of America and on the SAF Wholesale Council.

 

Rob Dillonís career goal is to lead Dillon Floral Corporation to its 150th birthday (2025); allowing the legacy of John Lloyd Dillon to continue to the fifth generation, enriching the lives of those who contribute to our company's success by being the most helpful supplier to professional florists within reach of Bloomsburg, PA.

 

The notion of "family" has long been embodied into our team culture, which we call Together-We-Win. By having an outward mindset of helpfulness toward our customers and co-workers, we can ultimately bring more value to our florist customers. See Our Mission for details.


John Lloyd Dillon
John Lloyd Dillon
Charles H. Dillon
Charles H. Dillon
Douglas K. Dillon
Douglas K. Dillon
Robert W. Dillon
Robert W. Dillon
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