In this Kent Wired article, Dan Joy, executive vice president, share updates about the progress of the Science, Employee Education and Development (SEED) Campus.

Posted: November 03, 2023

The completion of Davey Tree Expert Co.’s new Science, Employee Education and Development, or SEED, Campus on state Route 43 in Kent has sped up to the first quarter of 2025, executive president Dan Joy said. The site is expected to open for employees that summer.Rendered map of the SEED campus

The professional tree service’s 174.8-acre property plans to enhance employee training and education, among other goals. It will be a net-zero site by generating renewable energy through a solar power system.  

Joy called it a “fabulous” project and said its acronym fits well with the company’s mission. 

“We visualize the campus as an opportunity to plant a seed for our future generations and develop their careers, along with doing research on plant material, and turf and ornamentals,” he said. “It’s unlike anything else that is out there in our industry. To be able to continue our research and development for plant health care needs, insects, disease control, best management practices, all the above – this facility and the site provides that ability to us.”

After purchasing the property for $1.875 million, Joy said the company spent a few years organizing a master plan. During the beginning planning stages, heads of Davey Tree talked with researchers, developers and other employees who will use the space about what their needs are from the space. 

To read the rest of Dan's interview, 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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