KENT, Ohio - Thirty-six employees from across North America have convened at corporate headquarters to begin the month-long Davey Institute of Tree Sciences, The Davey Tree Expert Company's premiere training program.
Students dig deep into the biological sciences but also sharpen their skills in climbing and safety procedures, tree and plant care, disease diagnoses, and management techniques.
The curriculum has evolved since it began in 1909, but the intent is still the same: make sure that Davey employees are the best trained in the business. This year's students join the nearly 3,000 Davey employees who have taken part in DITS.
Greg Ina, general manager of The Davey Institute, said Davey's commitment to employee development and education distinguishes the company as a leader in the industry.
"The Davey Company recognized long ago the value of investing in our employees through extensive education and training opportunities. The DITS tradition is unique in our industry," he said.
RJ Laverne, manager of education and training, called DITS a foremost example of the company's commitment to and investment in its employees.
"I think this group can make a positive difference in our company, in the profitability and the way we conduct business and the way we're honored within the industry," Laverne said. "There is great potential with this group to sustain us as a great company and take us into important places."
The Davey Company, with U.S. and Canadian operations in 45 states and five provinces, provides tree services, grounds maintenance, and consulting services for the residential, utility, commercial, and government markets. Founded in 1880, Davey is employee owned and has more than 7,000 employees.