Pistachios are one of the world’s healthiest and tastiest nuts. The trees they grow on are native to the desert, so they only grow a few places in the world, most commonly in the Middle East, California, and Hurricane, Utah.
Wait, what? Hurricane, Utah? Bryce Thornberg, an engineer by trade, discovered the climate and growing conditions in Hurricane, located in Southern Utah, were a lot like Iran and Turkey. So, twenty or so years ago he planted some trees, and the rest is Red Rock Pistachios history.
Bryce and his daughter, Halley Bonfanti, join our host Brandon Young for the latest episode of the Taste of Harmons Podcast. You will want to hear about the fascinating journey Bryce and family have taken as they supply Utah with the tasty—and very addictive—treats.
A pistachio tree shaker is used to harvest the nuts.
Along with running the family-owned pistachio orchard, Bryce Thornberg is the co-founder, president and CEO of dB Systems. Bryce has his bachelor of science and master’s degree in engineering. In 1991, he founded dB Systems Inc. with his father, Dean Thornberg. With decades of experience in RF design engineering, project management, production testing, and engineering management, Bryce has been integral to the growth and success of both companies.
Halley Thornberg-Bonfanti is the manager of Red Rock Orchards and is also the vice president and CFO of another family-owned business, dB Systems. Halley loves to put her education and experience to good use by driving innovation, growth, and success. She thrives when creating new processes to increase efficiency and productivity. Striving to take the company to the next level while ensuring they have a great team and benefits has been a difficult but fulfilling challenge.
At Harmons, we’re lucky to have incredibly talented artists at each store, and we’re sure you’ve seen their amazing chalk art as you wander throughout every location. We’re excited to be able to feature some of their work as the featured art on our podcast blog. This art is the work of James Bennion of our Bangerter Crossing location.