Feb 22, 2010

AeroFarms Appoints Robert Newman as Chief Operating Officer

ITHACA, N.Y - Aero Farm Systems LLC, a provider of aeroponic technology and solutions, announced today that Robert Newman has been appointed to the role of chief operating officer (COO). Newman will be responsible for leadership of the Company’s operations including engineering, purchasing, quality control, implementations, and follow on support,. Newman most recently served as Business Manager of Service and Customer Support at Mettler Toledo Hi-Speed, North America’s leading manufacturer of checkweighers and integrated product inspection solutions. Before that, Newman served as Vice President of Customer Support and Implementation at Moldflow Corp. the global leader in CAE for polymer processing and related production monitoring

“We are extremely excited to welcome Robert to the AeroFarms team,” said Ed Harwood, CEO of AeroFarms. “His extensive experience in capital equipment companies, managing R&D as well as B2B customer services, will serve AeroFarms well as we grow our company.”

“AeroFarms has developed, tested, and thoroughly proven technology for Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) that is truly in a class by itself. As a result, our customers will benefit from reduced costs, reduced risks, higher yield and better quality than any other agricultural methods available. AeroFarms is poised to be the premier supplier of vertical farms in urban areas for human consumption, as well as pharmaceutical and neutraceutical uses. I am very pleased to be joining the leadership team of AeroFarms, and look forward to ensuring the needs of our customers and other stakeholders are fully met,” said Newman.

Newman has a unique and outstanding track record of delivering organization development and significant growth at industry leading providers of technology, capital equipment, and support services. He will ensure that AeroFarms operations and products exceed customer requirements, and continually establish AeroFarms as the “Best-in-Class” source for industrial-scale vertical farming equipment.