Grown Rogue Appoints Tom Fortner As Chief Operating Officer


MEDFORD, Ore.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Grown Rogue International Inc. (Grown Rogue) (CSE: GRIN) (OTC: GRUSF), a multi-state cannabis company with operations and assets in Oregon and Michigan, welcomes a new team member – Tom Fortner – as Chief Operating Officer. Tom brings over 40 years of horticultural expertise to Grown Rogue, where he is implementing his processes to create standardization across Grown Rogue’s 200,000 sq. ft. of cultivation infrastructure. His many years of industry experience and commitment to excellence will be great assets to Grown Rogue. “Tom is a strong strategic leader who brings significant horticultural experience to Grown Rogue,” said Obie Strickler, chief executive officer of Grown Rogue. “With our significant cultivation capacity increases over the past 6 months, adding 500 plus pounds of high quality flower per month, Tom’s 30-year career in the bedding plant industry is the perfect fit to scale our rapidly expanding operations in Oregon and Michigan.” Tom Fortner’s experience goes back over 40 years. In 1980, he supported his wife’s vision to start a small greenhouse operation. Together, they built Willow Creek Greenhouses, a horticulture business specializing in bedding plants which served customers in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, Utah and West Texas. Tom oversaw all operational components of the business and expanded Willow Creek from a small greenhouse to over 60 acres of greenhouse and outdoor growing area, where they supplied bedding plants year-round to their customers, who consisted of local nurseries and large box stores like Lowes and Home Depot. After 20 years of growth, Willow Creek was purchased by Hines Horticulture in 1999. Tom stayed on as President of Hines Color Division, leading the seven, newly acquired independent color businesses until 2003. He oversaw sales growth from $117MM to $132MM and profit expansion from $21MM to $24MM. Through attention to team development, process development,…

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