Growers Fertilizer Committed to Supporting Community Events
Lakeland Ledger – May 6, 2012
LAKE ALFRED | Growers Fertilizer Corp. has been a jewel on the east side of the crown of Polk County for more than 78 years.
The local plant employs 50 people at 312 North Buena Vista Drive in Lake Alfred. Sister locations in Dade City and Newberry bring employment numbers up to 70.
Growers Fertilizer has become committed to the fight against cancer.
The company supports the efforts of the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life events in Winter Haven and San Antonio.
“Every person knows someone who has been affected by cancer, either directly or indirectly — family, friend, or business associate,” said Rick O’Steen, controller for the company.
He said they support the Polk County Youth Fair, as well as similar events in Pasco and Alachua counties, where Growers Fertilizer has a presence.
“It’s to encourage young people to become active and involved in agriculture and agriculture-related activities and promote the overall agricultural industry,” he said.
The Polk Training Center in Lake Alfred, a non-profit organization teaching life skills to individuals with developmental disabilities, is also a beneficiary of the generosity of Growers.
Growers Fertilizer also is active in the Rotary Clubs in the communities of Dade City, San Antonio, Bartow and Ybor City.
“Upper management believes strongly in community service and allowing employees to be involved and give back to their local communities,” O’Steen said