Posted: January 12, 2021

Kent, Ohio – The Davey Tree Expert Company has announced the acquisition of certain assets of North American Tree Service, Inc., (NATS) of Loganville, Georgia.

Founded in 1990 by Jim and Carol Watson, the family owned NATS has provided full-service tree care to Atlanta-area clients for 30 years.

Keith Francies, operations manager, Southeast Residential/Commercial (R/C) services, said the acquisition expands Davey’s presence in Georgia.

“We are happy to welcome Jim and the rest of the talented NATS team members into the Davey family and look forward to seeing their growth with us,” Francies said. “Like Davey, NATS focuses on safety and excellent client experience, and NATS clients will continue to see the excellent tree and plant health care services they’ve come to expect. Additionally, NATS employees will benefit from Davey’s extensive training and educational resources, as well as our employee ownership opportunities.”

The firm offers pruning and removal services, fertilization, cabling and bracing, and plant health care services, and NATS owns equipment such as large grinders for wood waste recycling and upcycling.

NATS has 28 employees, all of whom will stay on as Davey employees. Jim Watson will serve as district manager of the new office, which will operate as North American Tree Service, Inc., a Davey company.

“Our passion and success in the tree care industry has afforded us a life full of achievement built on good relationships with the people we work with and beside every day,” Watson said. “It is a humbling and exciting experience to join forces with Davey, an industry leader in the arboriculture industry, and become part of the Davey family. It is important to us to provide our employees a safe, stable environment to grow. And now, our Atlanta-area clients will benefit from more comprehensive service offerings under the Davey brand, including access to information from the Davey Institute, an industry-leading diagnostic and research facility.”


The Davey Tree Expert Company provides research-driven tree services, ground 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.

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.

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