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Residential Division of John Lucas Tree Expert Co. Joins Davey Tree

Posted: January 10, 2022

Kent, Ohio – The Davey Tree Expert Company is pleased to announce the addition of the residential division of John Lucas Tree Expert Co. of Portland, Maine.

Lucas Tree Experts is a third-generation family business that opened in 1926 in Bangor, Maine. The company is currently headquartered in Falmouth, Maine, and employs 550 people across all of its service lines. The majority of its business involves providing vegetation management services to utilities along the eastern seaboard stretching from Nova Scotia, Canada, to South Carolina. Lucas logo

In 1982, Lucas Tree Experts developed the residential tree and plant health care division, which will now operate under Davey Tree. This division provides residential and commercial tree services, plant heath care and lawn care in Portland, Maine, and the surrounding area. The residential division employs over a dozen employees who will all be joining the Davey Tree team. 

Arthur Batson Jr., president of Lucas Tree Experts, said the decision to join Davey Tree was based solely on the added benefits Davey Tree will provide for Lucas employees and customers. “With Davey Tree being one of the oldest, largest and most respected tree service companies in the nation, we are confident it will be an excellent steward to our customers and provide new career opportunities for our talented team of arborists and technicians,” said Batson Jr. “Davey Tree is also the 8th largest employee-owned company in the U.S., which will be a big advantage to our residential employees and their futures.”

Batson Jr. continued, “Davey Tree takes a similar science-based approach to tree and plant health care as we do at Lucas Tree Experts, as well as its employee and customer first culture that we’re passionate about as well, so the partnership will be a fitting transition.”

Pat Covey, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Davey Tree, said it’s exciting to welcome a group of experts to the company who share similar values and client expectations as Davey. “Davey and Lucas have had a long-term relationship with each other, so adding the experts from Lucas is like welcoming our close friends to the team.”

Covey continued, “The employees from Lucas Tree Experts will now have opportunities to advance in their career through promotions and be able to take advantage of Davey’s extensive training and educational resources. Lucas’ clients will also be able to tap into our Davey Institute, which houses our diagnostic laboratory and team of scientists. This change is good for both the clients and the employees.”

Lucas Tree Experts is also actively involved in the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), as is Davey.


The Davey Tree Expert Company, established in 1880 and headquartered in Kent, Ohio, provides research-driven tree services, grounds maintenance and environmental consulting for residential, utility, commercial and environmental partners in the U.S. and Canada. With 11,000 employees, Davey Tree is the eighth largest employee-owned company in the U.S. Visit www.davey.com to learn more about Davey Tree and discover your next career opportunity.

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