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NALP Members in the News: Ground Works Land Design, Kawasaki Engines, Massey Services, Davey Tree

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Ground Works Land Design Forms Management Company and Buys Luxury Stone Business

Tony Nasrallah, president and founder of Ground Works Land Design, has established GW Capital, a parent organization for all current and future companies owned by Nasrallah.

This is coupled with the launch of Granite Works Stone Design, the newest sister company of Ground Works. Granite Works offers a premium selection of handpicked stone for luxury living spaces. This new stone business is a product of GW Capital’s recent acquisition of US Marble and Granite.

Ground Works and Granite Works are the first and second add-ons to GW Capital’s financial and managerial portfolio. They will both call the newly acquired 55,000 sq. ft. facility their new headquarters.

“I’ve had relocation plans for Ground Works for over three years and when the opportunity to purchase 875 Crocker became available, it was the stars aligning,” Nasrallah says. “It works out because I wanted to remain in Westlake long-term, plus the purchase of the stone company brings new business possibilities with existing and new clientele.”

The building will house both Ground Works Land Design and Granite Works Stone Design.
Photo: Ground Works Land Design

Granite Works offers an expansive inventory of imported marble, granite and quartz to contractors, builders, interior designers and even walk-in customers. Granite Works is not a wholesaler, but a full-service stone supplier.

The building will undergo a ground-up redesign and early remodel concepts include over ten offices, two conference rooms, a design studio, a showroom with multiple outdoor living displays. A private bar, golf simulator, putting green and enough space for industry and community events will also be part of the overhaul.

“We conducted extensive market research on stone suppliers and fabricators, in Greater Cleveland, that have in walk-in showrooms and offer a specific level of service,” says Joe Stark, marketing director of GW Capital. “We found this model is oversaturated on the east side, but nothing like it exists in our target market, on the west side of Cleveland. Granite Works Stone Design is excited to change that.”

Kawasaki Engines Announces New Facility to Open Next Year

To meet the increased demand from customers, the quantity of Kawasaki engines built for lawn, garden and industrial applications will be increased next summer when a new production facility opens in Boonville, Missouri.

The Boonville plant is the second Kawasaki location in Missouri, joining the Maryville operations which were established in 1989. The site will employ approximately 250 people. The Boonville facility is slated to begin production in summer 2022.

“This expansion of production capabilities for our engines is a significant step forward in our continuing ability to provide superior quality engines in the quantities needed to meet expanding market demand,” says Nelson Wilner, vice president at Kawasaki Engines Division.

Massey Services Acquires All Service Termite and Pest Control of Georgia

Massey Services has recently purchased All Service Termite and Pest Control of Georgia.

(From left to right) Joseph Edwards, president of J. Edwards Services, Inc., Scott Benson, owner of All Service Termite & Pest Control, and Tony Massey, president and CEO of Massey Services.
Photo: Massey Services

All Service provides pest control and termite services to Gwinnett and North Fulton County areas. The joining of the two companies expands Massey’s presence in the Georgia market. They first entered Georgia in 1998 and now have 15 service centers in the state.

“We are pleased to welcome the All Service Termite and Pest Control team members and customers to the Massey Services organization,” says Tony Massey, president and CEO. “All Service is a family-owned organization that has been providing service to customers for more than 50 years. We look forward to carrying on their legacy of total customer satisfaction for years to come.”

J. Edward Services, Inc. represented and acted as exclusive financial advisor to All Service Termite and Pest Control, Inc. on the transaction.

Davey Tree Promotes Three Employees

The Davey Tree Expert Company has promoted Scott Morris to district manager of their Albany residential/commercial (R/C) services office.

Scott Morris

Morris began his career at Davey in 2009 as an intern. He has held positions of plant health care technician, sales and service technician, sales and service coordinator and sales arborist. In 2018 he was promoted to assistant district manager of the Albany branch.

Morris is an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist and holds an ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ). He also holds a New York commercial applicators license in multiple categories. Morris earned his bachelor’s degree in plant science from State University of New York (SUNY) Cobleskill.

“In Scott’s previous role, he took on many duties all while providing high-level client experiences and maintaining a very successful office,” says Andrew Cunniff, market manager, Northlands R/C operations. “His focus on safety leadership and maintenance shows he prioritizes the team and the clients they serve, which exemplifies that he will be a great leader for our Albany office.”

David Inman

The company also has promoted David Inman to district manager of Davey’s Napa R/C services office.

Inman started with Davey in 2011 as a groundsperson. He has held various positions since then of climber, crew leader and plant health care technician. In 2018, he was promoted to sales arborist of the Napa R/C office. He is an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist and holds an ISA Qualified Applicator License (QAL).

“Dave’s 14 years of experience in the arboriculture industry paired with his work ethic and knowledge of the market made him stand out as the perfect candidate for this position,” says Brian Baker, market manager, Bay area R/C operations. “His attentiveness to client needs and the needs of his team will bring continued success to Dave and the Napa office.”

Additionally, Davey promoted Rob Toney to director of Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) operations, Davey Resource Group (DRG).

Rob Toney

Toney joined DRG in 2007 as a consulting utility forester on the PG&E Central Coast pre-inspection project. He had held various positions where he’s taken on a range of advancing assignments and new responsibilities. In 2018 he was promoted to regional operations manager, DRG, Utility Vegetation Management, Pacific region.

Toney is an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist and Utility Specialist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Washington State University and an associate degree in environmental horticulture from Cabrillo College.

“Rob has demonstrated his commitment to creating value for our clients, the success of his teammates and growth of the company through his various roles and responsibilities the past 14 years,” says Jack McCabe, vice president and general manager, DRG, utility vegetation management. “He has developed a strong team of managers who maintain a laser focus on our client, and this new role will only help him to expand upon this goal.”

Jill Odom

Jill Odom is the senior content manager for NALP.