Our History

From our very start, solving our customers’ problems has been the driving force for Smithers-Oasis. Whether looking for a media that hydrates flowers while securing them for design, developing a product that maintains the cold chain for vaccine shipments, or ensuring our products are available locally around the world to the people who need them, Smithers-Oasis strives for excellence. Here is a snapshot of our achievements over the years.

1938

James Sykora, Sr. and William Bussert invent fresh cut flower food 

1944

James Sykora, Sr. forms Floralife, Inc.

1953

V.L. Smithers invents floral foam

1954

V.L. Smithers forms Smithers-Oasis in Kent, Ohio

1963

Smithers-Oasis Canada opens

1963

Smithers-Oasis Denmark opens

1967

Smithers-Oasis Belgium opens

1969

Smithers-Oasis Germany opens

1969

Introduction of OASIS® Grower Products

1972

Smithers-Oasis France opens

1973

Theodore “Ted” Smithers becomes President

1976

Smithers-Oasis Australia opens

1977

Braaks Floral Products opens in South Africa as first licensee of Smithers-Oasis

1978

Smithers-Oasis Japan opens

1981

Smithers-Oasis United Kingdom opens

1984

Introduction of BIO-FOAM® Impression Foam

1986

Smithers-Oasis Company is purchased by Charles F. Walton

1987

Smithers-Oasis Iberica opens

1988

Smithers-Oasis Korea opens

1991

Smithers-Oasis Mexico opens

1992

Smithers-Oasis France acquires Eychenne® 

1993

Smithers-Oasis UK acquires Naylor Base® and Foam Frames®

1995

Smithers-Oasis North America acquires Lomey®

1996

Smithers-Oasis Malaysia opens

1997

Smithers-Oasis China opens

1998

Smithers-Oasis India opens

1999

Floralife, Inc. patents 1-MCP technology and introduces EthylBloc™

1999

Introduction of temperature-controlled packaging foam

2005

Smithers-Oasis Brazil opens

2006

OASIS® Grower Solutions acquires Fertiss®

2007

Floralife, Inc. is acquired by Smithers-Oasis

2007

Smithers-Oasis Adria opens

2007

Oasis Floralife Colombia opens

2009

Oasis Floralife Africa opens

2010

Smithers-Oasis Company is purchased by Robin M. Kilbride

2011

Introduction of OASIS® Floral Foam Maxlife

2014

Introduction of OASIS® Enhanced Biodegradable floral foam

2015

Charles F. Walton is inducted into the Society of American Florists (SAF) Floriculture Hall of Fame

2016

Introduction of FloraLife® Express No-Cut Flower Food

2017

Smithers-Oasis North America acquires Handy Floral Products™

2018

Smithers-Oasis North America acquires Milton Adler Company

2018

Smithers-Oasis France acquires Siloé Mousse

2018

Formation of Temprecision International

2021

Introduction of OASIS® NatureSource™ Biobased Floral Foam

Worldwide Locations

As a global company, Smithers-Oasis features a network of offices and facilities around the world that enables us to provide products and services to the local market. 

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