Pennington’s story began in a small seed store on Main Street in Madison, Georgia in 1945. Brooks Pennington, Sr., the company’s founder, originally started out supplying the local farmers and ranchers with quality cotton, soybean and agricultural grass seeds.
As Brooks Pennington, Jr. began running the business, Pennington moved out of the retail seed business and set its sights on supplying agricultural seed to retailers across the southeastern U.S. The company began to concentrate on the grass seed business, first for pastures and forage products and later for lawns and turf. As the company’s grass seed business grew, Pennington found itself growing the best grass seed on the market. Over the years, Pennington extended its growing facilities into Missouri, Arizona and eventually to the fertile Willamette Valley in Oregon.
Today, Pennington is a part of the Central Garden & Pet Company (NASDAQ: CENT) family of brands, with over 1,000 employees and over 16,000 dealers worldwide.
Grass seed has become our expertise over the last several decades, and we remain dedicated to providing the finest grass seed in the industry. Unlike our competition, we have a close relationship with our farmers, whom we can trust to produce high-quality grass seed. With 39,000 acres of grass farms in Oregon alone, it’s important we give back to the farmers that give to us.
Not only do we grow our grass in the U.S.A., but we have the largest private grass seed research facility in the U.S.A., NexGen Turf Research. Along with partnerships at various universities, our research-based breeding program enables us to grow only the best grasses science can deliver.