Bob’s Market and Greenhouses of Mason, W.V., was named Greenhouse Grower’s Operation of the Year during the Evening of Excellence reception Monday night in Columbus, Ohio. Bob’s Market was in the running for the award with Emerald Coast Growers, James Greenhouses and Rocket Farms.
Bob’s Market follows Metrolina Greenhouses (2010) and Lucas Greenhouses (2009) as recent Operation of the Year winners.
Selected as an Operation of the Year finalist for the second consecutive year, Bob’s Market is well known for producing some of the highest quality plugs in its region. In fact, Bob’s is among the top 10 plug and liner producers in the United States despite just 15 years of focus in that area.
Robert Barnitz and his wife, Corena, established Bob’s Market more than 40 years ago. All five of their sons chose greenhouse floriculture as their career paths, and all five have a stake in the business as owners.
Customer service is at the core of Bob’s Market, and Robert is especially proud of the fact Bob’s has never lost a customer due to poor product quality, delivery or a lack of business integrity. Building longstanding, personal relationships with customers that outlast Bob’s business relationships has always been a key to success, too, and being good stewards with the beautification of local communities is a role the Barnitz family regularly takes on.
For more information on Bob’s Market & Greenhouses, check out Greenhouse Grower’s September 2011 issue when it hits your mailbox. Learn more about Greenhouse Grower’s Head Grower of the Year award winner, Speedling’s Mike Friddle, on our OFA Short Course page.