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NALP Members in the News: GoMaterials, Davey Tree, SavATree and Ruppert Landscape

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GoMaterials Expands Plant Sourcing Service to Four More States

GoMaterials, an online marketplace for sourcing plant materials, has expanded its wholesale plant procurement into four more states.

After launching in Texas in 2021, the free service will now be available to professional landscapers in California, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Companies using the service will be able to source wholesale materials from hundreds of suppliers across the U.S. and Canada.

GoMaterials was founded by a former landscaping business owner Marc Elliott, who experienced delivery delays and plant quality issues firsthand. He was determined to create a solution that would solve these supply chain challenges.

“2021 was a particularly hard year for the industry with plant shortages across the U.S., and unexpected events such as the Texas freeze,” Elliott says. “It really helped highlight the value we can bring to the landscaping supply chain. It’s a proud feeling to know that even in a tough year GoMaterials helped source over 600,000 plant units and helped save hundreds of man-hours for our customers.”

GoMaterials helps outsource the procurement process from estimation to delivery at no extra cost.

“Our vision is to go beyond being a regular plant procurement service,” Elliott says. “We like to think of ourselves as an extension of our customers’ operations team, their sourcing partners. The expansion of our service area is the next step in our journey in the landscape industry, and we are excited to see where it takes us.”

The Davey Tree Experts Promote Several Employees

Sean Barlette

The Davey Tree Expert Company has promoted Sean Barlette to market manager, Mid-Central operations, residential/commercial (R/C) services.

Barlette is an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist and a 1997 graduate of the Davey Institute of Tree Sciences (D.I.T.S.).

He joined Davey in 1991 as a landscaper in the Akron office, he has held a number positions and most recently was the district manager of the Northwest Detroit office.

Jeff Huber

Davey also recently promoted Jeffrey Huber to district manager of the King of Prussia R/C services office. He joined Davey in 2017 as a sales representative in the North Philadelphia office.

He was most recently the assistant district manager for the King of Prussia office. He is an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist, a Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) Certified Treecare Safety Professional (CTSP) and holds a Pennsylvania Commercial Pesticide Applicator License.

Gary Schermerhorn

Gary Schermerhorn, was promoted to market manager, Mid-Atlantic operations, R/C services, as well. Schermerhorn joined Davey in 1991 as a sales and service technician for the Albany office.

Schermerhorn is an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist, a Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) Certified Treecare Safety Professional (CTSP), is Tree Risk Assessment Qualified (TRAQ) and holds a Commercial Pesticide Applicator certification. He graduated from the Davey Institute of Lawn Sciences (D.I.L.S.) in 1999.

SavATree Merges with Abundant Tree Services

SavATree has merged with Abundant Tree Services in Kentucky, increasing their market share in the Louisville area.

Abundant Tree has been providing a complete range of professional tree care to residential and commercial clients throughout Louisville for over a decade.

“One of the most important parts of the transition is that our clients are taken care of,” says said, Kevin Bold, Abundant Tree’s owner. “We are confident that SavATree has the team, operational expertise, infrastructure, and strong brand in place to do so.”

Abundant Tree’s team of trained arborists and professional field specialists will continue their work of enhancing the health and beauty of trees and shrubs on their client properties.   

Ruppert Landscape Honors Employees at Virtual Awards Ceremony

Ruppert Landscape recently hosted their annual awards ceremony virtually for their employees, which recognized over 500 employees for company leadership and significant years of service.

“While we missed seeing everyone in person, we have enjoyed reimagining this event in a fun new format and were grateful for the opportunity to connect with our team members virtually,” says company president, Phil Key. “Perhaps the most rewarding part of the program was when we recognized stand-out employees throughout the company whose remarkable talent and contributions have benefited our customers and our employees. We are grateful for their service and truly proud of their achievements, especially during a year which put many obstacles in our path.”

Pictured left to right: Bob Jones, President, Landscape Construction Division; Mia Clermont (Marvin’s wife); Marvin Clermont, Assistant Branch Manager, Tennessee Landscape Construction Branch; Marie Clermont (Marvin’s mother); Patrick Luzier, Region Vice President, Landscape Construction Division

The Clyde Vadner Merit Award was presented to Ethan Brown, branch manager in the Alexandria, Virginia landscape management branch. This award recognizes the individual who has contributed continuous, consistent, long-term hard work, dedication and job skill that has helped to shape the company.

The Achievement Award was presented to Marvin Clermont, assistant branch manager in the Tennessee landscape construction branch. This award recognizes the employee who has made a significant contribution in 2021 through outstanding job execution and high-quality results

Bill Law, facility manager in the corporate office, earned the Distinction Award, which is presented in appreciation for exemplary dedication and devotion to the principles and ideals of the company.

There were also 28 Branch Impact Awards given out. These are awarded to employees whose dedication and contributions have made a positive impact on their individual branches.

Jill Odom

Jill Odom is the senior content manager for NALP.