Posted: September 14, 2023

Kent, Ohio – Sandra Reid, vice president of corporate communications and strategic planning, at The Davey Tree Expert Company, will tell the story of the Davey SEED (Science, Employee Education and Development) Campus, which is now under construction. The 190+ acre property that formerly housed the Oak Knolls golf course and Franklin Elementary School on State Route 43 in Kent, Ohio, will be the new home of a specialized training and research facility. The science and learning campus is designed to ensure that Davey continues to attract and retain the most qualified, well-trained and engaged employees possible. Plans include a 25,000-square-foot training center, associated offices, a 10,700-square-foot indoor climbing center, 18 spans of non-energized utility right-of-way, laboratories and greenhouses, a container nursery and multiple research plots and fields. Graphic aerial map of Davey's SEED Campus

According to Reid, “Another interesting piece of this project is that Davey is making space for archives and building a museum for Davey’s historical items. The SEED Campus property is located just down the street from the historic Standing Rock Cemetery where our founder John Davey began his career in arboriculture in the late 1800s, so this is the perfect place to shine a spotlight on Davey’s 140-year history and display some of our equipment, documents and artifacts.”

Tap Talks was initiated by Don Schjeldahl, the creator of North Water Brewing, as a way to bring the community together for conversation about life in Kent, Kent’s history and issues of the day that impact us all. It’s also a chance to enjoy an array of locally-brewed artisan ales and beers. Tap Talks are scheduled monthly at 7 p.m. at North Water Brewing, 101 Crain Avenue in Kent.

Those who attend will have an opportunity to meet Reid and others from Davey Tree and find out more about how Davey history is intertwined with Kent and Portage County history.

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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