Hall Of Fame Inductees
The individuals nominated should have made a significant impact or positive influence that assures the future of our industry in the lives of generations to come.
Once nominated, an individual’s biography and photo are updated on the site, and he or she is placed in the polls for voting. At the end of the year the committee takes into consideration the votes and decides which candidates are inducted.
- Person with integrity and passion
- Minimum 20 years in industry
- Someone who has developed or invented new technology
- Has made contributions that resulted in change
- Contributed to mankind’s needs in his field
- Provided education and encouragement with self-sacrifice
- Changed the industry
Corona native Don Hendrickson grew up when Corona was the Lemon Capital of the World and the citrus market was followed locally as closely as the stocks on Wall Street. His dad, Bill, and his Uncle Bob opened the first version of Hendrickson Brothers in 1942, serving the irrigation and pesticide needs of the hundreds of acres of citrus trees growing within Corona city limits.
Attending local schools, Don is one of the “Omegas,” a member of the last class to graduate from the Sixth Street campus of Corona High School. With a desire to make it in the citrus industry, Don attended Cal Poly Pomona, earning a degree in agriculture.
Increasing his life experiences, during his senior year, he was one of nine chosen to participate in a scientific expedition to the jungles of Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras. Spending time in the outdoors has been a hobby for Don his entire life.
Working in the family business, when his Uncle Bob retired, Don became a partner with his dad. In time, Bill too retired and Don’s brother, Dave, joined the company full time. The next generation of Hendrickson Brothers has been taking care of the business since.
Adapting to the shifting Southern California customer base, the company has expanded to more than just agriculture industry products. Hendrickson Brothers now also has commercial and landscaping irrigation products in inventory, as well as innovating specialty items as needed. They are recognized leaders in drip irrigation, flow controls, pressure regulation, and other water delivery techniques and supplies. They are proud of their products, which include patented items that are in use worldwide.