Valley Irrigation is celebrating 18 years in Tifton, Georgia, with an expansion into a larger distribution center (DC) that serves the eastern United States.
“We were the first irrigation company to start a remote warehouse to serve dealers in the area, first opening our doors in 2001,” says Kenneth Bracht, Senior Director of Global Aftermarket Parts. “We’ve grown and expanded our offering since that time, which prompted our move to a much larger distribution center.”
The new facility is fully operational and ready for the spring season.
The Tifton Valley center supports Valley dealers in 15 states, with the largest parts inventory for both Valley and non-Valley irrigation machines. Parts are typically delivered to dealers within 24 to 48 hours, according to the company.
That helped hundreds of growers recover after pivots and related gear were lost or damaged during Hurricane Michael last October.
“We pride ourselves on ensuring our dealers have what it takes to get their growers up and running as fast as possible,” says Derick Snow, Eastern Regional DC Manager. “After the hurricane hit, our ability to move parts immediately to our dealers, who had feet on the ground, enabled them to begin fixing pivots, giving growers the service they expect from Valley.”
Along with conventional parts and related hardware, the center also supplies components for AgSense remote telemetry, ICON smart control panels, Valley GPS and Valley Scheduling, an advanced irrigation management software.
The Tifton facility also offers dealer service and technician training, and has a full team of water management experts in place to help dealers with complicated pumping and water delivery designs. They also support Valley’s partnership with Prospera Technologies. The partnership is working toward autonomous crop management technology, which uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to transform center pivots into total crop management machines.
“Tifton has been a hub to keep our Eastern growers up and running. We are very proud to be part of the Tifton community – and the entire area – for more than 18 years and counting,” says Bracht.