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The ecologically-correct christmas tree.

What's your pleasure in Christmas trees? Whatever your choice, there's a good chance an Indiana manufacturer makes it.

In Evansville, Hudson Valley Tree employs more than 400 workers making artificial trees that range in height from 2 to 18 feet. Gold-tipped trees or ones flecked with iridescent material--to give the effect of lights--are departures from classic solid green. Si Spiegel of Hudson Valley says it's a fashion business; what's in style now is the spruce tree line.

In addition to decorated ones, the company makes unadorned wreaths for do-it-yourself Christmas people. (Asking about Hudson's garlands, we learned a bit of holiday trivia. Why is the usual pine garland 18 feet long? Because that's the size needed to go up both sides and across the top of a standard door.)

How about a black tree? Prairie Industries in Lebanon manufacturers them according to spokesperson Alice Gleb. They weren't the firm's idea. A customer saw a market for black and placed an order. While black trees may not be everyone's Christmas dream, Gleb finds them attractive--made of shiny film, they catch the light and glow. She notes that white trees do better in clear weather. Customers for white back off when there's snow.

Indiana's artificial Christmas tree manufacturers give a number of reasons to choose their products. The factory-made trees are a safe choice because they're fire-resistant. Nearly perfect natural trees can be found on sales lots, but it may take a lot of looking and luck to get one. Manufactured trees are "perfect" by design. Those who like a lengthy holiday season can keep their reusable trees up longer without worrying about dropping needles. An artificial tree, although manufactured, also is an ecological choice: It can be used over and over, saving many live trees through the years.

And if you want the smell of a freshly cut spruce, there are sprays available.

In a business so seasonal, there are bound to be ups and downs in production. Spiegel says fall is Hudson Valley Tree's biggest season. If there is a slowdown, it's in late November and in December. Prairie Industries solves any potential problem with diversification. When the company isn't making holiday products, it manufactures plastic pools.
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Title Annotation:christmas trees from Hudson Valley Trees
Author:Keaton, Joanne
Publication:Indiana Business Magazine
Date:Dec 1, 1992
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