HOW THE COMPANY STARTED
In the late 1980’s, Don Laverty retired from the Soil and Feed Test Lab located at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton. He was soon asked by some Alberta Agriculture staff to see if he could invent a better cutting tip for the forage samplers Alberta Agriculture was loaning to farmers as a way of encouraging more feed testing. The result was a cutting tip with serrated flutes.
It worked well (actually, great!) and soon complete samplers were being requested. Thus Star Quality Samplers Inc. was born in 1989. The cutting tip that started it all soon became known as the STAR CUTTING TIP.
Over the years, requests for seed and soil sampling tools were also received. There are now over 13 different tools of which many come in several sizes!
Martha handled the office work and Don continued to build tools in their basement and at Grayco Machine Ltd in Leduc until they were in their early 80’s.
THE COMPANY TODAY
On January 1 of 2015, Greg and Velma Wray purchased the business and moved it to their farm near Irricana, Alberta. The business was incorporated in May of 2015. They continue to work closely with Grayco Machine Ltd who makes many component parts for Star Quality Samplers Inc.
ABOUT GREG AND VELMA WRAY
Greg and Velma Wray purchased the business in January 2015 and moved it to their farm west of Irricana, Alberta. Grayco Machine Ltd. continues to manufacture most of the components with assembly and shipping taking place at the farm. International sales continue to increase, especially since the invention of the UNIVERSAL and CLEAR PVC CANISTER models. These were designed to take samples from silage piles/pits/bunkers/bags and high moisture bales.