Rosemarie Dowdle, manager of the Tri-City Growers Gin, is the California Cotton Ginners Association’s (CCGA) 2014 Ginner of the Year.

Dowdle just completed her 50th ginning season at Tri-City Growers Gin located in Terra Bella, Calif.

The ginner award is bestowed annually to honor and recognize an individual who has provided dedication, knowledge, and special services to the CCGA.

Dowdle began her career at Tri-City in October of 1964 and became the manager in 1975. She is the first woman gin manager in California. 

In honoring Dowdle, CCGA President and Chief Executive Officer Roger Isom cited her long time support of the association and its efforts, plus her commitment to high gin standards.

Isom says Tri-City Growers gin was the first gin in California to receive an award for five consecutive years without a lost-time accident. It was also the first gin to receive an award for 10 consecutive years without a lost-time accident. 

In the history of the CCGA annual injury survey, Tri-City Growers had the fewest reported lost time accidents of any gin in the Golden State.

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Isom says, “This is an amazing accomplishment and it starts with the leadership at the top. Congratulations on a long overdue and well deserved recognition for Rosemarie Dowdle.” 

The California Cotton Ginners and Growers Associations are voluntary dues-based organizations representing cotton growers and cotton gins throughout California on regulatory and legislative issues ranging from energy, air quality, labor, and water quality.