Steve Tubbs Retires from Turf Merchants Inc.


After 44 years in the grass seed industry, Steve Tubbs (66) of Turf Merchants Inc. (TMI) is retiring as president.

Based in Tangent, Oregon, TMI is a developer, producer and marketer of turf grass seed for the United States, North America and more than 20 other countries.

“TMI has been through several incarnations in 34 years as customers, products and delivery systems changed,” Tubbs says. “I am sure it will continue to adapt to a rapidly evolving future driven by technology.”

Tubbs reports that his company stock has been purchased by John Cochran. This sale “anticipates the next phase of evolution in our industry as seed growers become more basic in varietal acquisition and production and seed companies evolve into more of a service orientation requiring less personnel, assets and capital employed,” Tubbs explains.

3 responses to “Steve Tubbs Retires from Turf Merchants Inc.”

  1. Barry Green Jr says:

    Steve, We hope you enjoy a well deserved retirement! My father will miss his talks with you at the Western!

    All the best to you and Gerri

    Barry Green

  2. Donald P. Wertman says:

    Congratulations and best wishes as you retire after a very successful career!
    Don Wertman

  3. Bryan Gerard says:

    I truly loved serving with you i the ASTA Exec Committee!!!
    Enjoy the next opportunities your life provides

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