South Central Growers: Advancing horticulture through automation

Meet Ron van der Hengst, the visionary owner of South Central Growers in Tennessee, USA, who recently made a groundbreaking investment in WPS conveyor belts. During a visit from Digna van Zanten, the CEO of WPS, they discussed the driving force behind this decision – the need to make horticultural businesses attractive for the next generation through automation.

Automation has proven to be a game-changer, resulting in shorter working hours and significantly reducing turnover rates. By creating better working conditions for all employees, South Central Growers ensures a dedicated and satisfied workforce.

Digna van Zanten, WPS, and Ron van der Hengst, South Central Growers

The journey to automation commenced with Ron's investment in SmartFlo conveyors in the bay. The grand masterplan involves connecting all production lines to these conveyors, streamlining production, consolidation, and shipping processes. Embracing this approach enables South Central Growers to achieve hands-free plant production, progressively eliminating manual intervention.

With the belts operational since last June, Ron experienced firsthand the incredible labor-saving benefits. The staff at South Central Growers expressed their satisfaction with the new system, eagerly awaiting the next phase of innovation.

During the initial installation, WPS provided valuable supervision. However, South Central Growers is now equipped to independently install the belts in future endeavors.

WPS has been experiencing rapid growth in the US thanks to visionary partners like Ron. Digna, the CEO of WPS, expressed gratitude for Ron's belief in their products and their vision of hands-free plant production. Proudly witnessing the widespread adoption of automation among leading greenhouse companies, WPS remains committed to empowering all US growers to embrace hands-free plant production.

Join South Central Growers and WPS in redefining the future of horticultural businesses through cutting-edge automation technology. Embrace innovation and secure a thriving tomorrow for the next generation of growers.

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