Posted: April 5, 2017
Kent, Ohio – The Davey Tree Expert Company is proud to announce the acquisition of Arborguard, Inc., a residential and commercial tree care company based in Atlanta with operations in Charlotte.
Arborguard Tree Specialists has been providing specialized tree and plant health care services to residential and commercial clients in the Southeast, including caring for some of the region’s prestigious golf courses and resorts, since 1981.
“This new chapter of Arborguard will help us deliver expanded tree care to our clients in the greater Atlanta and Charlotte areas,” said Spence Rosenfeld, owner and founder of Arborguard.
Davey and Arborguard share many of the same core values, Rosenfeld said. “We were already aware of Davey’s reputation for integrity, innovation and leadership within the green industry. As we learned more about the company, particularly its focus on safety and environmental stewardship, the partnership seemed like a natural fit.”
Jim Stief, Davey’s executive vice president of U.S. residential operations, pointed out that Davey offers tremendous benefits to Arborguard’s clients and employees.
“Clients of Arborguard now have access to Davey’s diversified service offerings, technology and equipment resources, and research and development capabilities provided by the Davey Institute, all of which ensure their continuing high-quality service,” Stief said.
Stief added that Arborguard’s talented, safety-conscious employees will have the opportunity to further their professional careers by accessing Davey’s industry-leading training and education programs. As Davey employees, they also can become employee-owners of the Davey Company, the 13th largest employee-owned firm in the U.S.
Pat Covey, Davey’s president and chief operating officer, agreed that Arborguard is a good example of the type of company that will strengthen the Davey brand.
“Arborguard is a welcome addition to the Davey Tree family,” said Covey. “Like Davey Tree, Arborguard provides excellent tree care while concentrating on the client experience and quality control. Now, we can focus on sharing our mission with the greater Charlotte and Atlanta area – together.”
Arborguard’s Jamie Blackburn will serve as manager of the Atlanta office, which will complement Davey’s Atlanta Residential/Commercial office and district manager Chris Heim. Arborguard’s Barry Gemberling will serve as manager of the Charlotte location, a complement to Davey’s Charlotte R/C office and district manager Ray Betz.
The Davey Tree Expert Company’s more than 8,600 employees provide tree care, grounds maintenance and environmental consulting services for the residential, utility, commercial and government markets throughout the U.S. and Canada. Davey has provided Proven Solutions for a Growing World since 1880 and has been employee-owned for 38 years. For more information, visit www.davey.com.