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The Davey Tree Expert Company SEED Campus

The Davey Tree Expert Company is currently working on expanding its corporate headquarters to include a specialized training and research facility on a 170+ acre property, as well as a third wing addition to its existing corporate building. Both are located in Kent, Ohio, where Davey was established in 1880.

Read More Below For Updates On Both Projects.

About the SEED Campus

The Davey Tree SEED (Science, Employee Education, and Development) Campus, the 170+ 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 to specialized training and research facilities for The Davey Tree Expert Company. The science and learning campus is being designed to ensure that Davey continues to attract and retain the most qualified, well-trained and engaged employees possible. Planned facilities include a 25,000-square-foot training center and 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. 

“For over 140 years, Davey has shown an uncompromising commitment to the training and education of our employees and to giving back to the industry through the support and sponsoring of scientific research that enhances our collective safety, techniques and results as arborists and environmentalists. Our investment in the SEED Campus elevates this commitment to a new level, cements our standing as the thought leader in the green industry and creates a facility that our employees, shareholders and community will all benefit from.”

- Pat Covey, chairman, president, and CEO

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About the Third Wing

The third wing being built at the corporate headquarters is a 38,400-square-foot addition to the already existing corporate building. Construction started in April 2020, and is expected to be completed in the fall of 2022. The third wing will house office spaces for various corporate service lines and support functions. After its completion, the combined building, consisting of the new wing and completely renovated existing space, will be 80,000 square feet. The addition of the third wing will bring 70 new jobs to Kent, Ohio, and will be a visible symbol of Davey's commitment to Kent, and to the remarkable growth that Davey has seen over the last 40 years.

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.