Creating a tree care institute.
As Davey grew, so did its need to train its growing employee base on Davey’s signature tree care techniques.
In 1909, Davey founded the Davey Institute of Tree Surgery (D.I.T.S.). Every winter, employees would come to Davey headquarters in Kent, Ohio, for an extensive training session focusing on personal growth and scientific knowledge. This added not only additional value to the company and its clients but also made employees jobs that much more meaningful and interesting.
The Institute was patterned after a college environment with study courses. Original classes in the early 1900s were held for three months at a time or three, four-month terms given during three consecutive winters, starting in early December and ending in early March.
To further foster a college atmosphere, there was an extensive outdoor component to the training that involved advanced tree climbing and other physical job skills.
This scientific approach to tree care through research and education helped Davey earn 14 patents between 1900 and 1920. In 1954, the company opened the Davey Technical Services Center in Kent, Ohio, which houses, the offices, laboratory and library for the technical staff, as well as classrooms for D.I.T.S. students. Today, this facility is known as the Davey Institute.
Today, Davey still brings employees to its headquarters every February for a month-long D.I.T.S. training session with focused, detailed curriculum both in the classroom and in the trees.