Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2014 Regional Award Winner


Randy Lambrecht

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Randy Lambrecht

MPP Kathryn McGarry, Randy and Michelle Lambrecht

Peek inside Randy Lambrecht's two 300-foot greenhouses and you'll find trays stretching as far as the eye can see. Filling those trays with dirt by hand used to be a labour-intensive chore that took all day. So Lambrecht sat down with a pen and paper and after a lot of design iterations and plenty of testing, his semi-automated dirt filler was born. Powered by a reduced-gear motor, the hopper-fed conveyor-belt system can fill 800 to 1,000 trays an hour and is easily adjusted to fill different tray sizes. The filler offers a welcome alternative to the bulky and expensive commercial models currently on the market. For Lambrecht, it's meant less labour, better seedlings and the ability to accept more orders in a shorter time span.

Creation Date: November 20, 2014
Last Reviewed: November 26, 2014