David E. Dix from The Record-Courier gives praise to “Growth Rings: A History of The Davey Tree Expert Company and Companion to Green Leaves.

Posted: August 29, 2023

“Growth Rings:  A History of The Davey Tree Expert Company and Companion to Green Leaves,” is an inspiring story about an amazingly successful company that remains headquartered in Kent.

Written by Matt Fredmonsky, manager of Corporate Content for Davey Tree, it tells the history of the company the past 60 years as it evolved from a family-owned to employee-owned company with a renewed sense of mission whose annual sales grew from approximately $52 million at the time of the transition in 1979 to a projected $1.5 billion this year.

Fredmonsky was the featured speaker a week and a half ago at Tap Talks, the monthly community forum hosted by retired architect Doug Fuller, retired publisher Tom Hatch, and still active industrial location expert, Don Schjeldahl at Schjeldahl’s North Water Brewery, a craft brewery at the juncture of North Water and Lake Street, and Crain Avenue.

Fredmonsky’s talk was so interesting that I borrowed a copy of “Growth Rings,” a nearly 200-page carefully researched compendium of stories, photographs and names of people, many of them familiar to those who have resided in the Kent area and have an interest in its history.

To read the rest of Dix's review, click here.

The Davey Tree Expert Company provides research-driven tree services, grounds maintenance and environmental consulting for residential, utility, commercial and environmental partners in the U.S. and Canada. Established in 1880 and headquartered in Kent, Ohio, Davey has over 12,000 employees and is the ninth largest employee-owned company in the U.S. This year, Davey celebrates 45 years of employee ownership – Join us and apply today! 

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