In the early 1900s, Frank Gerten laid the foundation for what would become a century-old legacy with his simple yet powerful motto, "Buy from the Grower." Frank began Gartens as a small truck farm, selling the produce he grew on his beloved land to his local community. Fast forward to 1989, and the third generation of Gertens took the helm as primary owners. Bob Gertens' two sons, Lewis and Glen, along with Bob’s son-in-law, Gino Pitera, continued the family tradition.
In 2005, Gertens embarked on a new chapter by venturing into T&O business. The catalyst for this expansion was the strategic acquisition of a grass seed company. This move not only broadened Gertens' product portfolio but also uncovered significant market potential in various sectors, including lawn care, golf courses, municipalities, sports turf, and school districts. To meet the unique demands of these markets, Gertens hired its first outside sales representative, marking a significant step in its T&O journey.
Today, Gertens Wholesale & Professional Turf Supply stands proud as a family-owned and operated business for over 100 years, boasting a peak season with up to 1000 employees.