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Davey Expands in Tennessee, Wisconsin

Kent, Ohio – The Davey Tree Expert Company is proud to announce expansion within two U.S. residential tree care market areas.

In Tennessee, Davey has acquired certain assets of AJ’s Tree Service, Inc. The firm provides residential and commercial tree care services to the region Southeast of Nashville.

The firm has 6 employees, all of whom will continue employment at Davey’s new Southeast Nashville office. AJ’s owner Matthew Bratton will stay on as a sales arborist.

“We are excited to welcome Matthew and his talented team into the Davey family,” said Keith Francies, operations manager, Residential/Commercial (R/C) services. “The team at AJ’s has done tremendous work in the Nashville community and earned a reputation for high-quality service. AJ’s clients can continue to expect excellent service and will benefit from additional resources Davey offers.”

Davey is also expanding R/C services in Wisconsin, with the establishment of its new Northern Milwaukee office. The new office will be led by Justin Bence.

Bence started his career with Davey in 2009 at the North Chicago office and worked as a foreman first at the Wheeling office and then the North Chicago office until 2013. After transferring to the South Minneapolis office as a crew leader, Bence was promoted to sales arborist and then assistant district manager. Since 2015 he has served as district manager of the North Minneapolis office.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Justin and his team as we expand a growing market in Wisconsin,” said Brian O’Niel, market manager, R/C services, North Central operations. “At Davey, our priority is always to deliver a safe and excellent quality client experience. Our new office in Milwaukee will allow us to meet the area’s growing demand from current and new clients.”

Bence is an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist® and a 2012 graduate of the Davey Institute of Tree Sciences, Davey’s flagship training program in biological sciences, safety, tree and plant care and management techniques.


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 Tree is in the top 10 largest employee-owned companies in the U.S. and has more than 10,000 employees who are driven to create and deliver sustainable solutions. Discover your Davey career and apply today.

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