Solutions From Science is bringing more opportunities to Thomson with the opening of the business’ new location in the old McGinnis Melon Market, 2200 Illinois 84.
Solutions From Science has been in Thomson since 2005 at the manufacturing building at 900 W. Main St. The company is a national and international business that began with the sale of heirloom seeds.
Heirloom seeds are open-pollinated seeds. Farmers can use these seeds and then at the end of the season, the seeds can be harvested, dried and re-used for the next year. Bill Heid, president of Solutions From Science, said while current hybrid seeds used today do produce more product by the bushel, he feels heirloom seeds are still the best. Hybrid seeds cannot be reused each year. Consultant Abe Chacko said this requires farmers to buy seeds every year. Heid also said plants from hybrid seeds do not have as much nutritional density as those from heirloom seeds.
During the years, the business has expanded from selling heirloom seeds to producing and selling items utilizing solar energy. Heid said the company’s ultimate goal is to make people more self-reliant. Chacko said 55 percent of the business is now involved with solar energy. The business manufactures solar panels and other items.
In October 2010, Heid bought the old market location. Most of the sales for the business have been done online. Heid said he felt having a physical store in Thomson would be a benefit to both the business and the area.
Since the purchase of the building, work has been done to get the store ready. Heid said the construction took a while, but now the store is close to completion. Some of the main offices still have to be moved in and some of the store’s final details need to be finished. However, the store is now open for business.
The new Solution From Science store will offer a variety of products to customers.
The store will serve as a showroom for the wide variety of heirloom seeds. Solar panels, solar ovens, crisis cookers, dehydrated food, books about seeds, farming and the area and fresh produce can be purchased in the store.
Heid said he hopes the new location will draw more people into the area and help him promote Thomson.
The store will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday through Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.