Rain Bird® Corporation Celebrates 90 Years of Pioneering Irrigation Technology

Fri, 09/22/2023 - 12:33

Rain Bird® Corporation has reached a historic milestone: 90 years as the leading company in outdoor irrigation the world over. To celebrate this achievement and chart a course for its future, the company will commemorate this significant anniversary with events at its locations globally—from Aix-en-Provence to Alabama, from Shanghai to Dubai, and from its birthplace in California to its offices in Tucson.

“Through this celebration, we honor our founders—citrus farmer Orton Englehart and entrepreneurs Clem and Betty LaFetra, our late CEO Tony LaFetra and longtime board chair Art Ludwick, and the many employees of Rain Bird around the world who have served the company since 1933,” says Mike Donoghue, Rain Bird president and CEO. “They remain at the heart of Rain Bird’s success, as does our committed community of customers and employees, who are passionate about managing water efficiently and sustainably.”

Founded in 1933, Rain Bird was built and has grown on strong ethical values, fostering a culture of integrity and teamwork. Its more than 4,000 products are found in 130 countries around the world. The Rain Bird name can be seen at notable and familiar landmarks such as the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the Louvre in Paris, France; the Museum of the Future in Dubai, UAE; the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore; the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza, Egypt, among hundreds of others.

Throughout its 90 years, Rain Bird has been exceptionally successful in developing partnerships and building a strong network of distributors. From pioneering new business opportunities with municipalities to revolutionizing irrigation education, Rain Bird’s focus on new technologies has transformed the irrigation industry.

Rain Bird has had the extraordinarily good fortune to maintain a culture of excellence among our employees, and innovation with our products,” says Donoghue. “Every year we push the boundaries further and raise expectations higher. We’re incredibly proud to celebrate 90 years, and we look forward to many more.”

Over nearly a century, the company’s key differentiator has been its unbeatable product quality, well-complemented by its unwavering commitment to The Intelligent Use of Water™. The entire global staff of Rain Bird is proud of the momentum Rain Bird has gained and is excited to make the next 90 years even better than the last.


About Rain Bird® Corporation

Rain Bird Corporation is a leading global manufacturer and provider of irrigation products. The privately-held company was founded in 1933 and offers the industry’s broadest range of irrigation products for farms, golf courses, sports arenas, commercial developments and homes in more than 130 countries around the world. Rain Bird's commitment to The Intelligent Use of Water™ extends beyond its products. Today, the company partners with contractors, designers and municipalities to provide solutions, education, and training to help achieve near-term and long-term water resource management goals.