CropKing Inc., a family owned and operated greenhouse manufacturer in Lodi, OH, specializes in controlled environment vegetable production systems. CropKing has been in operation since 1982 and offers a wide variety of products and services to greenhouse growers throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and the Caribbean. CropKing has a 25,000 ft2 manufacturing warehouse where they fabricate a majority of the components to build their greenhouses. To supply producers with an optimum selection of growing supplies, CropKing also imports products from around the world, including irrigation products from Israel, rockwool growing media from Denmark, plant supports from Holland, and other supplies and equipment from Germany, England, and other European countries. CropKing not only provides greenhouses and hydroponic systems, but also offers technical service and support that ranges from grower teaching and training workshops and materials to customized nutrient formulation and consultation on greenhouse installation and crop management.
CropKing’s central goal is to provide products and support that place our customers in the best position to be successful by keeping them up to date in this dynamic food production industry. To assist in achieving this goal, an on-site 3,200 ft2 trialing and research greenhouse comprised of two 22’ x 72’ bays is continuously operated. These double layer polyethylene greenhouses are equipped with modern, commercial environmental and fertilizer control equipment, but also provide opportunities to trial alternate equipment and systems. One bay is dedicated to vine crop production while the other houses primarily NFT lettuce and leafy green growing systems. All of these systems enable trials and experiments focused on cultivar evaluation, nutrient formulation, medium selection and lighting optimization to ensure that our growers have the most up to date information. CropKing also operates microgreen, hobby aquaponic and fodder production systems at their facility to allow for trials and guest demonstrations. Based on this ongoing development and an extremely knowledgeable staff, CropKing has been able to stay a leader in the hydroponic industry for thirty years.
Paul Brentlinger graduated from Valparaiso University with a B.S. in business and has been involved in CropKing for over 20 years acting as President of CropKing and Indoor Gardens since 2005.