published: Friday, December 21, 2012
Senninger Irrigation celebrates 50 years
Joe Senninger packed his bags in the early 1960s and moved from Park Ridge, Ill., to Central Florida to grow citrus. But those plans changed when he saw a bothersome problem for all farmers: Mud dauber wasps nesting in nozzles of overhead sprinklers when the irrigation system was not in operation, blocking or impeding water flow.
Senninger, an engineer, saw his destiny and created an insect-proof sprinkler. Today, the Clermont-based Senninger Irrigation Inc. is celebrating its 50th anniversary. It has 200 team members, works with more than 2,000 dealers worldwide, and sells its products in nearly 50 countries.
As part of that celebration, Senninger recently hosted several groups of customers, suppliers, friends and industry professionals for a tour of the company's manufacturing plant at 16220 E. Highway 50.
"It has been a great joy to visit with so many of our loyal customers and friends as they toured the facility and our 50th anniversary museum," said Andy Healy, chairman of Senninger.
Executive Vice President Mark Healy added, "It is truly our customers and team members who have continued building upon the foundation which was set by Joe Senninger 50 years ago. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of the 'Senninger Story' so far. Senninger's future is its people."
Senninger moved the company from Orlando to Clermont in 1963 and recruited his nephews, Mark and Andy Healy, for their extensive marketing and engineering backgrounds, and to help the business grow. Senninger died in 1970 but the Healys remained focused, propelling the business forward and continuing to produce innovative products which have exceeded customer expectations.
"As proud as we are of the company's success thus far, I know Senninger's greatest accomplishments are yet to come," said James Burks, president of Senninger. "With the ever-increasing confidence of our loyal customers and dedication of our team members, Senninger is positioned to continue growing and providing innovative products for many years to come."
Senninger officials said one third of their employees have been with the company for more than 10 years and another 10 percent have been working there for 20 years. Some 90 percent of the company's employees work in Clermont, with the remainder scattered across the globe.
In order to meet the growing demand for their products, Senninger runs three shifts, 24 hours a day, five days a week. Their diverse employees represent nearly two dozen nationalities.
Senninger's products can be found in nurseries, farms, land application of effluent solutions, as well as leaching of gold and copper mining solutions, providing more effective and efficient means of water application and conservation.
Go go www.senninger.com.