Blueline Mfg. Company began in 1958 as Groenig's machine shop located in the heart of Washington State's Yakima Valley apple industry. Bob Groenig designed and built some of the first self-loading orchard bin trailers and was awarded a patent on a bin locking system. Bob also designed and built the popular Orchard Ape pruning lift, the standard for many years in our orchards. In 1985 Ted Bellamy joined Bob and together they incorporated the machine shop into Blueline Mfg. Inc. and continued to focus on the design and manufacture of specialty orchard equipment, which they marketed through farm equipment dealers in Washington State.
In the early 1990's Blueline Mfg. entered into manufacturing agreements with Rankin Equipment Company of Yakima, Washington and Gearmore Distributing of Pomona, California to custom manufacture and private label their products. These two companies increased the distribution of Blueline's products through dealers throughout the western United States.
In 1995 Gregg Marrs of Grandview, Washington secured a minority interest and by 1997 had completed the purchase of Blueline Mfg. taking over direction of the company. Ted and Bob continued in the design and manufacture of the company's growing product line of unique orchard and vineyard machinery.
Gregg Marrs began his career in the farm equipment business in 1976 at the age of 18 years with the Ford tractor dealership in Sunnyside, Washington. He went to work in the parts department and after 8 years moved into sales. Thirteen years later he assumed the store management role for Anderson Equipment Company in Grandview, Washington. At Anderson Equipment Co., Gregg was able to concentrate on new product development for the expanding orchard and vineyard markets in the Yakima and Columbia River Valleys. Gregg's direction for Blueline Mfg. has been to set up a dealer network throughout the western states reaching back to Michigan and Texas.
The company's focus has been and remains to be the development and manufacture of specialty orchard and vineyard equipment. The last few years has seen Blueline Mfg. concentrating on the development of new sprayer technology understanding that with increasing environmental pressures and the use of newer 'softer' chemicals, "on-target" application is more important than ever before. Blueline has also has begun production of the Columbia Berry harvesters. Using new patented technology the two available berry harvesters Blueline manufactures have proven to be highly efficient and are ushering in a new era of mechanized berry harvesting.
The people of Blueline Mfg. have embraced the mission to be the leader in design and development of farm machinery that adds efficiency and additional profit to our growers operation.
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