40 Under 40, Class of 2014

Michael Van Wingerden

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Metrolina Greenhouse, Huntersville, N.C.

Job Title

Vice President of Logistics


Responsible for implementing new shipping system that helped reduce typical spring work week for employees from 60+ hours to 45-50 hours. Started separate trucking company with brother-in-law that helped lower greenhouse’s overall shipping costs and liability. Trucking company hauls outside freight during slow periods and picks up empty trailers on one-way freight deliveries.


Two Different Tracks: In high school Michael high jumped 6 feet 8 inches. He is also a former two-time national race car champion.

Fun Facts

Brotherly Love: Michael really enjoys being able to work with his three brothers in the company’s day-to-day operations. “The four of us have a great working relationship running different areas of the business.”

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GPN recognizes 40 industry professionals under the age of 40 who are helping to determine the future of the horticulture industry. These individuals are today’s movers and shakers who are already setting the pace for tomorrow.

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P.O. Box 128
Sparta, MI 49345

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