Entrepreneur of the Year – Brett Niver of Irrigation Automation Systems

Brett Niver

Brett Niver,owner of Irrigation Automation Systems, accepts the award of Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2013 Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce Breakfast.

From cranberry bogs to vineyards to citrus groves throughout the US and Canada, Irrigation Automation Systems (IAS) customers have a lot to be thankful for
this year.

These small-to-medium growers of agricultural cash crops operate on razor-thin margins based on achieving maximum crop yield per acre. The difference between success or failure often hinges on their ability to respond quickly to the forces of nature.

Brett shares, ” After our customer workshop yesterday where we helped educated cranberry growers on new diesel engine technologies and requirements, Jim reminded me that our technology actually cuts emissions and protects air-quality by reducing the total amount of fuel used for irrigation.  We’re working to improve our world one grower at a time.”

Brett Niver, an Ohio native with a background in industrial automation, purchased IAS on April 15, 2011. Brett wanted to focus his software development expertise on agrarian challenges and IAS had the beginnings of the products and services infrastructure he needed to move forward. Today, the Company leads the industry in technology innovation and “first of a kind” automation systems for agriculture. Its Early Warning and Monitoring System collects data in real time and provides growers with status alerts on soil and weather conditions. Remote pump control systems direct the release of water and fertilizer when and where they are needed.

But IAS is not just about product innovation and growth. Their concerns for the community they live and work in run equally as deep. Last year, they donated systems to Community Harvest in Grafton where they were used to produce tons of fresh fruits and vegetables for the Worcester County Food Bank.

The Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce congratulates Brett Niver for exhibiting true ‘Valley’ entrepreneurial skills and success!