Green Leaf Incorporated
Since 1979, Green Leaf Incorporated has grown from humble beginnings to its standing today as an expert design manufacturer of fluid flow solutions in valves, couplings, fittings and more that support a wide range of industry. The family-run company is proud to manufacture 90 percent of its own products at home in Fontanet, Indiana, making for superior quality control and reduced lead times.
“We really place an emphasis on the quality of our products,” says Pete Goda, president of Green Leaf. “Green Leaf is an ISO 9001:2008-certified manufacturer and nearly all of our competitors are not. We’re presently working to complete a reshoring effort, bringing the vast majority of our manufacturing back to U.S. soil because we want to maintain this high level of quality.”
Green Leaf's products make their way into any number of industries, mainly the agricultural market, but also commercial applications, industrial and chemical, facility and water management, as well as home and garden solutions.
Grounded in family ownership
The company has grown by leaps and bounds since Michael A. Goda founded Green Leaf in 1979. “My father started the business and we’ve been family-owned for 36 years,” says Goda. “I’ve been president for the last 10 years, but I’ve been in this business my entire life, through high school and through my years in college at Indiana State University. Who knows, maybe someday one of my three boys will take the reins.”
Although Green Leaf started small, the company quickly began to build steam. In 1983, it launched on-site production of nylon fittings, followed by polypropylene fittings in 1986, which still encompass a majority of Green Leaf’s main line today. Green Leaf manufacturers both nylon and polypropylene fittings in 1/8-inch to 3-inch sizes and polypropylene ball valves with more than 50 valves to choose from. The company is also known for trusted tank and boom components, wick applicators and spray nozzles.
In 2007, Green Leaf signed on as a distributer for Lechler GmbH agricultural spray nozzles and accessories and in 2012 became the exclusive North American distributor. “We also manufacture lawn and garden sprayers from 5-gallon applications, all the way to 60 gallons,” notes Goda. “In 2008, we began researching this market; the following year we began developing products and invested in a new 28,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. Shortly after production was in full swing.”
"This product line serves the lawn and garden market and small acreage spraying,” says Goda. “The sprayer division makes up about 30 percent of our total business. However, the ag market as a whole — across all of our product lines — comprises about 70 percent of our business.”
One of the products Green Leaf is most widely recognized for is its GatorLock Cam-Lever Couplings, including a patented locking mechanism that allows for easy connecting and disconnecting and reduces the possibility of spillage and leaks. “We completed the initial tooling project for our GatorLock couplings back in 1997,” notes Goda. “And we’ve recently released a 3-inch size, so now we’re producing half-inch to 3-inch size couplings.”
“Another recent development is a new line of tank fittings that we’re going to roll out next year,” adds Goda. “We’re doing a lot on the R&D side to further expand our fluid flow product line.”
In-house manufacturing and custom engineering
Through in-house quality control and custom engineering, Green Leaf stays on the cutting edge in fluid flow componentry. From concept design and prototyping to full-scale production, the company’s on-staff engineers can CAD design custom products to meet customers’ specific needs. “We offer state-of-the-art plastic production technology,” says Goda. “Our engineering department is also versed in robotics, machining, cutting, measuring, thread molding, custom polymers and more.”
This is all backed by the additional support of an in-house graphics and packaging department that prepares Green Leaf’s designs for the shelves. “We distribute into the original equipment manufacturer market, but we also cater to the retail market by doing our own design and packaging,” explains Goda.
Green Leaf’s packaging and shipping facility was completed in 1995 and today the company has more than 100,000 square feet of total production and packaging space in Fontanet. “We also have two satellite distribution warehouses in California and Ontario, just outside of Toronto,” notes Goda. “Green Leaf serves customers all throughout the U.S. and we have a large presence in Canada. Certainly we can cater to a range of customers, but we have a particular knowledge of the retail and aftermarket side. We understand merchandising and what the customer is looking for in a replacement part; we know this market well.”
Keeping things close to home
With 80-plus employees, Goda says Green Leaf’s production is running steadily and the company’s labor structure is key to its success. Goda adds that Indiana is a great state for manufacturing.
“Labor is available, energy is affordable, state and local incentives are available and we are centrally located in the Midwest,” explains Goda. “We’ve decided keeping manufacturing at home is the best option to control quality and offer our customers quicker response time. We’ve seen a lot of expansion in the last five years and I see a bright future ahead for Green Leaf. We’re on a steady growth path.”
As the company expands, profitability is certainly a factor, but Goda says the primary key performance indicator for Green Leaf is customer satisfaction. “We really strive to be the leader in that and live up to what we say while standing behind our products,” he assures. “We have a devoted sales team and our goal is not just to have a satisfied customer, but a loyal one at that.”
Through made-in-the-USA quality and rapid service, Green Leaf Incorporated remains a leader in the fluid flow market.