Wayland company owner Jackson Madnick was recognized Friday by State Representative Carmine Gentile as “Manufacturer of the Year” for his outstanding industry leadership and positive contributions to sustainability and to the environment. A plaque and citation were presented to Jackson at Joyce and Charlie Hannaford’s home garden in Natick as part of the 7th Annual Massachusetts Legislative Manufacturing Caucus Awards. This event commemorates Commonwealth manufacturers who make a positive contribution to our communities and our economy.

“It’s a great honor coming from the Massachusetts House of Representatives, especially Rep. Gentile, someone who has stood up for clean energy and offshore wind and many other very positive things,” Jackson said. . “As we face unprecedented environmental challenges in the 21st century, it is crucial that our lawns are part of the solution for a better climate and a better future. This prize will help us continue our efforts to save water, time, money, health and climate problems.

Pearl’s Premium Ultra Low Maintenance Lawn Seed is the result of over a decade of research and development by Jackson. In 2010, frustrated with the serious negative environmental impact of lawn care and inspired by his mother Pearl’s commitment to the planet, Jackson sought to create a better kind of grass seed. Ultimately, by experimenting with thousands of seed mixes, Jackson created low-maintenance grass that grows up to 6-foot roots, compared to regular grass with only 3-foot roots. 8 inches. As a result, Pearl grass needs 75% less water than other grasses, never needs chemical fertilizers to stay green, grows so slowly it rarely needs to be cut and produces more oxygen than other herbs.

“The amazing product that Jackson has developed is really encouraging to me,” the Gentile rep said. “Preventing catastrophic climate change and reducing the use of pesticides that put our children and families at risk are two of my top priorities in the Legislative Assembly. Jackson grass helps reduce our environmental impact and demonstrates real leadership and innovation in the 13e District of Middlesex.

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

Pearl’s Premium has received expert reviews from ‘This Old House’, ‘Popular Science’ and ‘Newsweek’ magazines. Pearl’s Premium has already won the coveted MassChallenge Prize for Innovation and was honored by the Boston Museum of Science as “one of the 3 most important American patented inventions to come out of New England”.