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NALP Members in the News: Argonne Capital Group Invests in Schill Grounds Management

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Argonne Capital Group Invests in Schill Grounds Management

Argonne Capital Group has made a controlling investment in Schill Grounds Management, a privately held commercial landscaping company based in Cleveland, Ohio.

Proceeds from the investment funded shareholder liquidity and the acquisition of McCoy Landscape Services, a complimentary landscaping company based in Marion, Ohio. This will allow Argonne and Schill to make additional investments in the fragmented commercial landscaping industry.

Jerry Schill founded the company more than two decades ago and he will continue to serve as CEO and maintain a meaningful ownership stake. Schill Grounds Management has added multiple locations in Northeast Ohio providing year-round landscaping and snow and ice removal services to over 700 multi-family, commercial, office, healthcare and industrial properties.

“Argonne will be a great partner to help us execute the next chapter of growth,” Schill says. “The firm brings a significant amount of expertise to our organization and has a history of working with closely-held businesses like Schill to achieve great results. I am excited to leverage the combined experience of Schill, McCoy and Argonne to provide a customer experience that is unmatched in the industry.”

Argonne says it was attracted to the commercial landscape market because of its recurring non-discretionary revenue model, fragmentation and natural resistance to economic cycles. In partnership with Shill, the private investment firm is seeking additional acquisitions in the commercial landscaping industry.

“Jerry Schill and his team have set the standard for best-in-class service in Northeast Ohio for more than 25 years and shown remarkable resilience during the COVID-19 outbreak,” says Bill Weimar, managing director at Argonne. “Argonne is excited to be partnering with the Schill team to support the company’s efforts to accelerate growth organically and through acquisitions.”

Vectorworks to Host First Virtual Vectorworks Design Day

Vectorworks Design Day will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. The event will educate users on the new Vectorworks 2021 features, as well as have live and on-demand presentations and discussions. Registration is free and the event will last two hours.

“The global COVID-19 pandemic has altered the lives of many, which is why we are taking this opportunity to bring Vectorworks Design Day to our users in a virtual format, so more people can learn about the new features and tool improvements in Vectorworks 2021,” says Biplab Sarkar, CEO of Vectorworks. “We look forward to giving a behind-the-scenes look at how our latest release was created to empower designers of all disciplines with simple solutions to design their most complex projects. Our live Q&A will allow us to connect with our customers worldwide and offer a two-way conversation that not only fields their pressing questions but also shares how Vectorworks is adapting to best support our customers given these challenging times.”

To best serve those around the world, times are offered at 8 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. ET. Click here to register and submit questions that will be answered during the live Q&A by Sarkar and the Vectorworks leadership team.

Grunder Landscaping Co. Adds Jon Steinbrunner to the Team

Jon Steinbrunner has been added to Grunder Landscaping Co.’s team of landscape designers. Steinbrunner has over 10 years of experience designing, selling and building landscapes and hardscapes. He has a degree in landscape architecture from The Ohio State University. Grunder says with his robust horticultural knowledge and portfolio of design-build and landscape contracting projects, he will be an asset to the company’s clients and prospects.

Jill Odom

Jill Odom is the senior content manager for NALP.