NALP Members in the News: Ground Works Land Design, Piscataqua Landscaping & Tree Service, LandOpt, Russo Power Equipment - The Edge from the National Association of Landscape Professionals

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NALP Members in the News: Ground Works Land Design, Piscataqua Landscaping & Tree Service, LandOpt, Russo Power Equipment

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Ground Works Land Design Raises Over $100K for Alzheimer’s Association

Ground Works Land Design has raised over $112,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association.

When president and founder Tony Nasrallah’s mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at the age of 56, he made it his personal mission to help other families going through what he is. In 2019, Nasrallah created a volunteer-based committee to help launch an annual golf outing that benefits research, awareness and advocacy for Alzheimer’s.

The outing, called Ground Works Out Drives Alzheimer’s, raised $24,012 in the inaugural year. While there was no outing in 2020 due to COVID-19, the 2021 outing raised $10,000 more than the 2019 event. The most recent golf outing in 2022 raised over $50,000, putting the total funds raised over the past three events at $112,978.

“It has been wonderful working with this dedicated group each year and witnessing all they have accomplished, including surpassing a remarkable $100,000 raised,” says Seana Dailey, director at Alzheimer’s Association Cleveland Area Chapter. “As part of The Longest Day campaign, the group has won ‘Top Company Team’ and ‘Top Overall Team’ twice and are the frontrunner to take the honor again this year. Not only is the outing a wonderful experience for the golfers, but it also raises awareness for the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association.”

The 2023 outing event date has already been set for June 19 at Avon Oaks Country Club in Avon, Ohio.

Piscataqua Landscaping & Tree Service Acquires Labrie Associates

Piscataqua Landscaping & Tree Service has recently acquired Design & Landscapes by Labrie Associates based in North Hampton, New Hampshire.

This is the company’s third location and enables them to provide even greater services to their seacoast New Hampshire clients. The Labrie staff has joined Piscataqua to ensure a smooth transition and keep the teams in place for existing Labrie Associates clientele.

Previous Labrie Associates owner Mick Sheffield informed his clients that this move will provide many opportunities to learn and grow and ensures that his team is taken care of.

“Discussing the possibilities and opportunities over the past months for Mick, his team and his customers has been very enjoyable,” says Justin Gamester, president and CEO of Piscataqua. “Mick and I have known each other for a long time, and it is an honor to be entrusted by someone that has long been involved in the industry.”

LandOpt Contractors Discuss Recession and Inflation Strategies

More than 70 LandOpt contractors, management teams and industry partners met in Nashville to discuss best practices on managing inflation, supply chain issues and labor shortages.

LandOpt member The Greathouse Company host LandOpt’s annual General Manager’s Boot Camp and Operations Field Day. Education sessions were combined with visits to a variety of residential and commercial jobs, as well as evening networking and social events.

“There are a number of steps contractors can take right now that will pay off quickly,” says Jim Westover, president of LandOpt.

The top three topics shared were to evaluate pricing frequently and adjust it when contracts allow, build price escalators into new contracts and eliminate unprofitable work. Many LandOpt members said they are already preparing for an economic downturn.

“We are working to lower our costs by being more efficient,” says Scott Ziebol, general manager of LandCrafters. “This way we don’t have to raise prices and we can maintain our margins.”

Russo Power Equipment Is Regionally Expanding

Russo Power Equipment, a power equipment and landscape supply dealer in the Midwest, is regionally expanding as part of their celebration of 50 years in business and the next 50.

They recently acquired C&C Distributors in Indiana and Porter’s Lawn & Power Equipment in Wisconsin. These newly acquired companies will operate under the same names that communities have trusted for decades. Russo is also adding a new brick-and-mortar location in New Berlin, Wisconsin, as their sixth storefront.

The company started as a family-owned Ace Hardware franchise. Over the years they have come to serve landscape professionals, municipalities, park districts, turf care specialists, arborists and snow removal deicing companies.

Jill Odom

Jill Odom is the senior content manager for NALP.