Orum is national immigration forum's Entrepreneuer of the year

Peter Orum, chairman of Midwest Groundcovers, LLC (IL) and past president of the American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA), received the National Immigration Forum's Carvel Entrepreneur of The Year Award. Endowed in 2000 by the Thomas and Agnes Carvel Foundation, the Carvel Immigrant Entrepreneur Award is presented to an immigrant entrepreneur whose success embodies the American Dream. Midwest Groundcovers, headquartered in St. Charles, Ill., is a 700-acre production nursery employing a staff of 275 at peak season.

Orum immigrated to the United States from Denmark in 1965 and began working at the D. Hill Nursery Company in Dundee, Ill. Two years later he married Irma Herrzmann and in 1969 Peter and Irma started Midwest Groundcovers in a backyard in West Chicago. A year later they acquired five acres in St. Charles and moved the nursery there. This year the business celebrates thirty-seven successful years and now produces around 30 million plants each year.

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