After visiting and interviewing numerous commercial greenhouse operations one of the most obvious areas of need for improvement was watering the crops. Most were being irrigated with a human operating a spray-wand. Uniformity of application was expensive and easy to see as the uniformity of the crops resembled hills and valleys.
I built my first proto-type and applied for patents on what the industry now calls a “traveling boom” that is extremely accurate and also capable of chemical applications.
By 1985 AL had invented the internet and I bought my first computer; a Commodore Amiga and loaded it with an early version of 3D CAD, nothing like Solidworks but light-years ahead of my drawing board
Thor Industry’s was incorporated and over the next 14 years led to much on-the-job training, new machine models, and other opportunities.