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NATICK – Wayland business owner Jackson Madnick was recognized by State Representative Carmine Gentile on Friday as a “Manufacturer of the Year” for his outstanding leadership in the industry and positive contributions to sustainability and the environment.

A plaque and citation were presented to Jackson at the home garden of Joyce and Charlie Hannaford in Natick as part of the Massachusetts Legislative Manufacturing Caucus’ 7th Annual Manufacturing Awards Ceremony. This event commemorates manufacturers across the Commonwealth that are making positive contributions to our communities and economy.

“It’s a great honor coming from the Massachusetts House of Representatives, especially Rep. Gentile, someone who has championed clean energy and offshore wind and many other very positive things,” said Jackson. “As we face unprecedented environmental challenges in the twenty-first century, it’s crucial that our lawns become part of the solution for a better climate and a better future. This award will help us further our efforts to save water, time, money, health, and climate issues.”

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Pearl’s Premium Ultra Low Maintenance Lawn Seed is the result of more than a decade of research and development by Jackson.

In 2010, frustrated by the severe negative environmental impact of lawn care and inspired by his mother Pearl’s commitment to the planet, Jackson sought to create a better type of grass seed. Ultimately, by experimenting with thousands of seed mixes, Jackson created a low maintenance grass that grows up to 6-foot roots, compared to ordinary grass with only 3-to-8-inch roots.

As a result, Pearl’s grass needs 75% less water than other grass, never needs chemical fertilizer to stay green, grows so slowly that it rarely needs to be cut, and produces more oxygen than other grass.

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“The incredible product that Jackson has developed is truly encouraging to me,” said Representative Gentile. “Preventing catastrophic climate change and reducing the use of pesticides that put our children and families at risk are two of my highest priorities in the legislature. Jackson’s grass helps to reduce our environmental impact and demonstrates real leadership and innovation in the 13th Middlesex District.”

Jackson Madnick is an environmental, water and energy conservation expert. He is a former volunteer Chairperson of the Wayland Surface Water Quality Committee serving for eight years, and a former member of the Executive Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Congress of Lakes and Ponds Association (MACOLAP) for six years.

Pearl’s Premium has received reviews from experts like “This Old House”, “Popular Science” and “Newsweek” Magazines. Pearl’s Premium previously won the coveted MassChallenge Prize for Innovation and was honored by the Boston Museum of Science as “one of the 3 most important US Patented inventions to come out of New England”

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