After a successful career in ergonomic design, Brian Ritchie thought he was retiring in 2010. Family medical issues turned his attention to the healing power of cannabis, and he joined a grow collective to learn more.Brian took his turn at every aspect of cultivation, always eager to learn. Soon, however, his body ached from the work like so many others. Many of the tasks involved awkward positions and unsafe labor techniques. Processes bottlenecked around human tasks.
With decades of experience shouting in his ears, Brian stepped out of retirement to bring his innovations to horticulture, and cannabis. Brian Ritchie founded Ergrow in Maine in 2014.
Ergrow has researched and expanded in the last two years. Brian has consulted with cannabis growers, commercial agriculture companies, and world hunger program managers to identify the greatest needs in cultivation. The company has expanded to include seasoned specialists in several fields, combining their knowledge.
In January of 2016, Ergrow Systems LLC entered the Gateway Accelerator startup contest in Oakland, CA. Chosen in the Top 15% of over 200 competitors, Ergrow accepted an invitation to join the Gateway insiders community, gleaning valuable insights and strategies.
In September of 2016, Ergrow announced its first product line, the Comfort trimming bag. It's simple design allows for ideal posture while working, reducing fatigue and risk of spinal injury.
The second product, Scissor Bow, allows for multi-tasking and greater control while minimizing hand and wrist strain from long-term use.
In 2017, Ergrow relocated to Laguna Beach, California to plant its roots in the center of the new cannabis industry. Ergrow tests designs in-the-field with the help of large-scale cultivators and industry experts. That feedback and collaboration helps them craft the optimum solutions for greater efficiency.