Success Story: Tropical Gardens

Tropical Gardens

tropical gardens photoProfile

Location: Mosinee, WI
Years in Business: Over 25
No. of Employees: 30

Products: produce and wholesale tropical plants and plant accessories to retailers all of the upper midwest

NWMOC Projects: Value Stream Mapping, Culture of Continuous Improvement, 5S Visual Workplace


Tropical Gardens is a company with a long and successful history. But like all companies today, they are experiencing tremendous pressures to maintain margins and keep their business strong.


Two years ago Rick attended a lunch-time seminar about lean manufacturing put on by the MOC. This has led to a lasting relationship with MOC. Since that time Tropical Gardens has done many value stream maps, made changes to several of their processes, reduced non-value-added activities, and developed a continuous improvement strategy that continues to sustain itself.


  • Productivity improved
  • Reduction in heating costs
  • Improved profit margin
  • Better utilization of floor space
  • More employee involvement
  • Increased morale and pride

Tropical Gardens

We have become believers in lean manufacturing! The events with MOC were tailored just for us, and they have helped us think differently and improve our operation. Every company should learn how to apply these principles.

~ Rick Barnes, CEO