On Feb. 1, 2013 Primerus Products, LLC, a startup company founded by veteran irrigation industry expert Jack Butler, acquired the SPOT-SPITTER product line. Butler has been a leader within Roberts Irrigation and John Deere Water for nearly 20 years where he played an important role in bringing the SPOT-SPITTER to its current market position.
“Primerus Products is able to continue the high level of manufacturing quality provided by Roberts and Deere, while providing the core focus on nursery irrigation applications that is necessary to help its growers and dealers succeed,” Butler says.
The SPOT-SPITTER nursery sprayer is the original spray stake invented by and by Jim Roberts, who founded Roberts Irrigation Products, Inc., in 1968. A product ahead of its time, it set a new standard for precision spray irrigation and quickly became accepted in nursery and greenhouse applications across North America. While there have since been imitations developed by other companies, the SPOT-SPITTER remains a highly recognizable spray stake among progressive growers nationwide. The SPITTER was originally manufactured by Roberts Irrigation Products, Inc. of San Marcos, Calif.
In 2006, the product was taken on by John Deere Water, Inc., when it acquired Roberts Irrigation. Both Roberts Irrigation and John Deere Water delivered the product to growers through a broad network of specialized irrigation and nursery supply dealers.
Primerus will continue to sell through the existing SPOT-SPITTER dealer network, and will also supply accessory products such as Spaghetti tubing and the .125-inch hole punch. When asked what’s next for Primerus, Butler says, “Stay tuned. We are committed to supplying the products our dealers and growers need to be successful in today’s competitive environment. For now, we are simply proud to hold the responsibility of continuing a great tradition … the SPOT-SPITTER.”