40 Under 40, Class of 2019

Nate Barker

Company

Olson's Greenhouses

Job Title

Director of Purchasing

Accomplishments

  • Championed the company’s technological efforts to be more efficient, such as redesigning shipping processes to getting an ERP system developed for the ever-changing mobile environments.
  • Helped implement lean flow manufacturing at the company’s Utah location. These new practices resulted in a 10% decrease in production labor in the first year. Company is now implementing the new processes at its Colorado facilities.

Extracurricular

Exercise. “Starting my day off at 4 a.m. at the gym might seem like craziness to some people, but it’s what makes my day more productive and keeps me sane.”

Fun Facts

Nate is fluent in the Tagalog language and lived in the Philippines for two years as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.





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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.

75 Applewood Drive, Suite A
P.O. Box 128
Sparta, MI 49345

616.887.9008
May 2019 GPN
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