( Photos and logo courtesy National Onion Association; graphic by Amelia Freidline )

Doug Bulgrin, the onion packing shed manager for Gumz Farms, Endeavor, Wis., is the new president of the National Onion Association.

Bulgrin was elected to the two-year term in December, at the association’s annual convention in Naples, Fla.

He has been with Gumz Farms and its predecessor, Lewiston Corp., for 30 years. Gumz Farms bought Lewiston Corp. in 1997, according to a news release.

Bulgrin plans to focus on increasing NOA membership and member participation. He has been involved in the association, working on food safety issues, according to the release, and has visited Washington, D.C., on industry business last year.

“That awakening in Washington was real,” he said in the release. “It’s like, ‘We really do matter. We can make a difference.’”

The National Onion Association represents more than 500 U.S. growers, shippers, packers and suppliers.

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