Our Company

WHERE LOYALTY LEADS

At PSWI, we believe that hard work and loyalty are key to building a better business. So, when the Central Valley farmers needed an irrigation company they could depend on no matter what, we were there. Two decades later, they continue to look to us for innovative, custom-fit solutions, around-the-clock service, and a level of commitment that’s hard to come by these days. Meanwhile, we continue to put them at the center of everything we do to keep their farms efficient and thriving.

CONTINUED GROWTH.
STEADFAST DEDICATION.

Pacific Southwest Irrigation Corp. was established in 2003 in Stockton, California, by Jim Clare, Gary Simas, and Sonny Lucchesi. Since then, Jim has expanded the company to include full-service offices in Ballico, Crows Landing, Holt and Dixon, with Stockton still being the main location. We offer services throughout the Southern Sacramento and Northern San Joaquin Valleys, with sales and rentals spanning from Yolo to Kern counties.

Jim has remained dedicated to adding personnel to his expanding teams who reflect Gary’s work ethic and attention to customers, as well as extensive knowledge in various agricultural irrigation methods.

JIM CLARE, FOUNDER

Jim Clare is a 6th generation Californian and grew up in Bakersfield. He attended Bakersfield High School and Bakersfield Junior College before earning his Bachelor of Science from U.C. Davis. In 1974, Jim began his career with Rain for Rent in Bakersfield. Rain for Rent transferred him to Woodland, CA in 1975and then to Stockton in 1978, to open a branch office for the company. After 11 years with Rain for Rent, he formed Golden State Irrigation Services, and eventually expanded Golden State throughout the west.. In 2003, Jim left the company with longtime friend and associate, Gary Simas, to form Pacific Southwest Irrigation. Gary Died in 2006. 

Jim is a pioneer in modern irrigation technology. He initially worked on low and frequent application sprinklers in row crops, focusing on sprinkler uniformity for germination. In the late seventies, he worked in drip irrigation for vegetable crops and oversaw the first commercial success row crop drip system in the central valley. In the late eighties drip irrigation in vineyards expanded in the central valley from uniformity, efficiency and irrigation application of nematicides.  

In 1988 Jim approached CertainTeed Corp with an idea for a joint venture to introduce their Yellowmine pipe product to agriculture. In 1996 he constructed prototypes of a sprinkler system with the features of the Yellowmine pipe along with the Windfighter sprinkler and pressure regulating check valve (MRDC) which Nelson Irrigation Corp was developing and testing in conjunction with the new pipe. This is today’s Certa Set Sprinkler System. Jim holds four patents for the coupler, the mechanization of the system and the system itself.

Jim is a former director of The Irrigation Association, the Irrigation Training and Research Center (ITRC) at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, the San Joaquin County Ag Hall of Fame, the Stockton Ag Expo, and the California Agricultural Irrigation Association (CAIA). As the director of the CAIA, he pushed for certification of irrigation designers and contractor licenses for irrigation dealers. He was one of the first dealer-owners to be certified in both drip and sprinkler design, and to be qualified for licensure as a General Engineering Contractor. He is a graduate of the California Ag Leadership Program  and was recently selected for the 2021 San Joaquin County Agriculture Hall of Fame and founded what is today The California Irrigation Association. 

Jim and Ellen have four children and reside in Escalon, California.

THE TEAM

Santino (Sonny) Lucchesi

Santino (Sonny) Lucchesi

Vice President of Sales and Engineering

Sonny grew up in Ripon, CA and graduated from Ripon High School, he then graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where he earned his degree in engineering. Sonny is a certified Irrigation designer and considered an expert in Irrigation technology for GOPI row crop, trees and vines. Sonny joined Pacific Southwest as it’s first employee after graduating from Cal Poly in 2003. Sonny and his wife Katie live in Escalon on a small farm with two children.

Dirk Northcutt

Dirk Northcutt

Vice President; Pump and Electrical Division, Irrigation System Designer

Dirk grew up on a farm in farmington, attended Escalon High School followed by Chico State. He joined the company when we lost our partner Gary Simas. Dirk resides in Oakdale with his wife and four children.

Carlos Abarca

Carlos Abarca

Chief Operations Officer

Is the true American success story of an immigrant from Mexico. He lied about his age to work for Pacific Southwest Irrigation at the age of 16 when the company was first formed. Carlos worked from field installation, to counter sales, to warehouse manager and finally his current position as officer of the most most consistently success irrigation.

Navor Abarca

Navor Abarca

Crows Landing Office Manager

Alicia Hernandez

Alicia Hernandez

Counter Sales

Tyler Harcksen

Tyler Harcksen

Systems Manager

Hunter Kett

Hunter Kett

Dixon Office Manager & Fieldman Irrigation System Designer

Hunter worked as a summer intern with PSWI while pursuing an engineering degree at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Hunter joined the company after graduation and is the territory manager for our Dixon office. Hunter has an exceptional grasp of Irrigation Engineering and Design. His systems for row and permanent crops are visually and operationally efficient and economical.

Dakota Burley

Dakota Burley

Fieldman Irrigation System Designer

James DeFremery

James DeFremery

Fieldman Irrigation System Designer

Rochelle Dameron Sousa

Rochelle Dameron Sousa

Corporate Secretary

Has been with the company from the beginning, Graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2002. Rochelle grew up in Hughson, Went to Hughson High School. Started in warehouse/ counter sales and then moved to accounting where she is key to our customer services. She lives in Escalon with her husband and two children.

Adriano Lourenco

Adriano Lourenco

Fieldman Irrigation System Designer

His parents immigrated from Portugal at a young age to Tulare, CA and worked in the dairy industry. Adriano attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where he earned his degree in Agricultural engineering. He is our territory manager at our Ballico Location. Adriano is recently engaged and lives in Turlock.

Brian Ramirez-Cortes

Brian Ramirez-Cortes

VP Engineering and Quality Control

Brian has been with the company since 2016. Brian is a Mexico native, he grew up in Texcoco, Mexico State and received his degree in engineering from Universidad Autonoma Chapingo. Brian’s hobby includes cycling racing which takes him to all corners of California and has won many races. Brian completed his Certified Irrigation Designer certification in 2019 and lives in Ripon.

Joanna Gonzalez

Joanna Gonzalez

Counter Sale, Ballico

Scott Sand

Scott Sand

Chief Information Officer

Scott comes from an old Escalon family (Rosetti). He attended Escalon Highschool and went on to Stanislaus State where he graduated from. Scott met his wife Madeleine Sand (te Velde) while working at PSWI. They now live on a teVelde Family ranch with their son.

Stephanie Vasquez

Stephanie Vasquez

Accounts Payable

Kelly Heinrich

Kelly Heinrich

Accounts Receivable and Billing

Karla Gutierrez

Karla Gutierrez

Rental Billing and Credit Analyst

Carlin Suero

Carlin Suero

Payroll Representative

Miguel Abarca

Miguel Abarca

Branch Coordinating Manager,
Logistics and projects Manager

Rafa Mendez

Rafa Mendez

Quality Assurance and Construction Manager

Norma Meza

Norma Meza

Customer Service Manager,
Warehouse Operations and Sales

Pablo Meza

Pablo Meza

Plant Manager

Jonathan Leon

Jonathan Leon

Shipping and Receiving

Owen Leon

Owen Leon

Receiving and Warehouse Assistant

Julio Valencia

Julio Valencia

Ballico Office Manager

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The Gary Simas Agricultural Scholarship

Gary Simas was a longtime friend, associate, and business partner of Jim Clare. Tragically, Simas passed away in 2006. Recognized as an esteemed system designer and innovator, Simas is still widely respected for his work. To honor Simas’ role as an outstanding leader in the irrigation industry, friends and family established this memorial scholarship in his name.

Each year, three of our employees children or active interns who reflect Simas’ qualities as a leader and colleague are awarded The Gary Simas Agricultural Scholarship. In the nine years since the inception of the scholarship, $24,000 has been awarded to students. The application is due February 28, 2020.

2021: Morgan Wheeler , Taylor Hunt, Eligio Arroyo, Chase Cunha, Noah Rantz, Hannah Cooley, Mary Adams, Adrian Yepez, Crystal Huerta, Tristan Dimante, Kimberlin Leon.

2019: Chantz Granlees, Caden Hanson, Caitlin Newport

2018: Mikayla Hagemann, Hannah Murphy, Caleb Van Vliet

2017: Kayla Keating, Jessica Sousa, Kenneth Watkins IV

2016: Sarah Seybold, Daniel Moules, Jenna Solari

2015: Alejandro Orozco Lopez, Cole Lauchland, Cassady Hill.

2014: Jennifer Torres, Vincent Fuso, Rebecca Metz

2013: Jana Colombini, Jacob Koster, Adrianna Koster, Brad Borges

2012: Hannah Beeler, Megan Cowan, Brandon McNealy

2011: James Head, Colleen Sunbury, Ellen Brumley

2010: Dominic Assali, Jason Colombini, Suzanne Azpetia, Brooke Phillips, Amanda McLeod

2009: Kattie Schmidig, Ellen Brumley, Amanda McLeod

2008: Thomas Adrian, Desirae Bishop, Michael Fuso

2007: Kevin Azpetia, Claire Brumley, Daniel Everitt, Andrew Loogman.

Gary Simas Agricultural Scholarship Application

INTERNSHIPS

Join Our Team

Pacific SouthWest Irrigation has over 250 years of experience standing behind its projects, setting the standard for state-of-the-art irrigation systems. We value hard-working, creative individuals who each bring something unique to our team and are looking for those who reflect what is at the basis of the company-an honest, genuine, and enthusiastic work ethic.

Our internship program is a key component of our company and we pride ourselves in fostering young talent. At Pacific Southwest, you will have the opportunity to fill a unique and meaningful position. While gaining experience in the irrigation industry you will be working with others towards a common goal, learning many new skills and getting to be part of the PSWI family. Email Morgan Wheeler, at mwheeler@pacsouthwestirr.com for more details.