Illumitex, LED innovator and maker of the world’s most optically advanced lighting products, recently added Paul Hardej and Mathieu van de Sande to its team of horticulture lighting experts. As vice-president of turnkey lighting solutions, Paul will apply his vast experience in developing and managing vertical farms to a new lighting solutions program for Illumitex. A co-founder of FarmedHere, Paul served as chief technology and development officer at the innovative, Chicago-area indoor farm and developed the first certified-organic, vertical aquaponic farm in the United States. “Together, we’re going to revolutionize the food industry and provide consumers with healthier local food choices while conserving natural resources and energy,” says Paul. Mathieu’s two decades of greenhouse experience will serve him well as Illumitex’s greenhouse horticulture sales manager. He thoroughly understands the day-to-day operational challenges of multi-acre greenhouse operations. “Having worked for other horticulture LED companies, I know Illumitex produces superior lighting products,” says Mathieu.