Layout Improvements Help Great Lakes Growers Provide Fresher Products, Create Business and Jobs
Great Lakes Growers is a premier grower of clean lettuces and herbs. Their Burton, Ohio-based state-of-the-art climate-controlled greenhouse is where they grow produce in water, rather than soil to offer fresh (and therefore better tasting) products year-round to Ohioans.
Farming is rooted deep in Great Lakes Growers owner John Bonner. His grandfather started Burton Floral and Garden, the largest horticultural supply distributor in the Midwest. His father worked there before starting Dillen Products, a container supplier to the plant industry. Bonner’s exposure to running horticulture-based businesses combined with his degree in business administration made him comfortable to eventually sit at the helm of these companies. These experiences also gave him the confidence to start Great Lakes Growers in 2011 where he expanded his progressive approach to produce production and sustainable energy.
Bonner’s efforts took off quickly – so much that a few years back and a few years after starting the company – he had to start considering the future needs of Great Lakes Growers. While the current layout served its purpose, it also could be improved to encourage growth potential. So in 2021, Bonner