Hunter Industries is a global manufacturer of products for the landscape irrigation and lighting industries and a custom molding provider. Founded in 1981, the privately owned company offers over 1,000 products including a complete spectrum of water and energy efficient solutions for residential and commercial landscape lighting and irrigation systems. Hunter’s core mission always has and always will remain the same: to produce innovative products of the highest quality and back them with unwavering customer support. Hunter Industries holds more than 250 product patents and 40 trademarks.
Hunter Industries was founded by irrigation industry pioneer and entrepreneur Edwin J. Hunter and his son Paul Hunter. Hunter Industries was built on the innovation of gear-driven rotors. Originally brought to life through the single-minded inventiveness of Ed and the manufacturing and distribution experience of Paul, the gear-driven rotors allow a steady stream of water to flow through a sprinkler’s nozzle and efficiently cover wide expanses of turf. This was revolutionary at the time, because the industry standard was “impact” style sprinklers, which clumsily throw water into the air and provide poor coverage.
In 1983, the small Hunter team introduced the PGP gear-driven rotor to the world of irrigation. Its success as an efficient, reliable product quickly put Hunter on the map as a well-respected irrigation equipment manufacturer. In 1985, with growing demand for the PGP, Hunter opened international distribution channels in Australia and Europe. By 1994 the Hunter catalog grew to include short and long-distance rotors, sprays, valves, and controllers. With the company stable and the future bright, Ed retired in 1994. His son Richard, an accomplished engineer and entrepreneur, continued growing the business.
Under the leadership of Richard Hunter, the product line has expanded to include rotors that throw up to 160 feet, the water-saving MP Rotator, climate-based irrigation controllers, heavy duty valves, fully modular residential and commercial controllers, the subsurface Eco-Mat, Professional Landscape Dripline with built-in check-valves, and several robust central control options. Beyond irrigation Hunter recently acquired the innovation-driven FX Luminaire brand of outdoor lighting, and formed Hunter Custom Molding, which offers our extremely efficient manufacturing services to industries beyond irrigation. In early 2013 Richard’s son Greg became the 3rd generation to continue Hunter’s legacy.Back to Top
Headquartered in San Marcos, California, our products are sold in more than 80 countries around the world. Our manufacturing and distribution facilities are located in San Diego county and Tijuana, Mexico. Today we have nearly 900 employees including our global sales force. Last year we achieved our goal of $280 million in sales. We are primarily a business to business manufacturer and sell our goods to irrigation and lighting distributors, and contractors. Recently we have entered the retail market selling directly to the homeowner.
Hunter produces a full range of water-efficient products for residential and commercial use, including its durable pop-up gear-driven rotors, MP Rotator sprinklers, controllers, valves, weather sensors, and central control systems.
Our commitment is to innovating landscape and architectural lighting through LED efficiency and durable material combinations. We have been in operation since the 1980's, and earned a reputation as a leading producer of high quality, high efficiency lighting products. High grade base metals are the protection as well as aesthetic devices that contain the light output devices. Every fixture is designed with the future in mind. Serviceable lamps and LED boards, upgradeable LED sizing, color filter adjustments, and replaceable parts extend the capabilities and life of every product.
Hunter Custom Molding is a full service custom molding company. We have 190 machines, a fully equipped onsite domestic tool room, and onsite access to degreed & certified mechanical, design, automation, manufacturing, tooling and chemical engineers. We have maintained consistent growth over our nearly two decades of operation through delivering individualized, quality-focused manufacturing solutions that ensure our customers always get what they need when they need it; and as cost-effectively as possible.Back to Top
- IA - Irrigation Association
- LEED - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
- ASLA - American Society of Landscape Architects
- ASIC - American Society of Irrigation Consultants
- STMA - Sports Turf Managers Association
- NIAAA - National Interscholastic Athletic Directors
- PLANET - Professional Landcare Network
- GRHC - Green Roofs For Healthy Cities
- CIT - Center for Irrigation Technology
- GCSAA - Golf Course Superintendents Association
- GCB - Golf Course Builders
- ARCSA- American Rainwater Catchment Association
- AWWA - American Water Works Association
- NRPA - National Recreation and Parks Association
- AWE - Alliance for Water Efficiency
- San Diego Society for Human Resources Workplace Excellence
- C. Everett Koop award for impact on health of employees
- Palomar College Comet Award for community service
- Irrigation Association Best New Product Award for Luxor
- Irrigation Association People’s Choice Award for Luxor