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NALP Members in the News: Mariani Premier Group, Ruppert Landscape, Ewing and Bartlett Tree Experts

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Mariani Premier Group Acquires Blue Landscape Contracting Group and Blue Outdoor Solutions

Mariani Premier Group has acquired Blue Landscape Contracting Group and Blue Outdoor Solutions based in Naples, Florida. This is the fifteenth company acquired by Mariani and extends their footprint to the Sunshine State.

Blue Landscape and Blue Outdoor Solutions was founded in 2013 by Tim Felts, Lawrence Perillo, Frank Kitchener, and John McFadden, who will continue to run the company. The company has a distinguished reputation throughout Southwest Florida, serving private residences and commercial businesses.

The ‘Blue” in the company name stands for Beautifying Landscapes Upgrading Environments. They offer clients the best in landscape maintenance services, hardscape installation, synthetic turf, irrigation, lighting, landscape construction, lawn and ornamental spray, and fencing.

“We are excited about the new partnership with the Mariani Premier Group,” Felts says. “It’s rare to find a large platform that shares the same values as us in terms of customer service and best-in-class quality.”

Ruppert Landscape Installs Landscape for Ground 40 Recovery Program

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Ruppert Landscape’s North Carolina branches came together for a day of service recently to help improve the grounds of Ground 40, a recovery program in Monroe, North Carolina.

Ground 40 is a program that helps men transition back into the community from homelessness, addiction, and incarceration. Participants are given tools to focus on their sobriety and reintegrate back into their community. The project is part of Ruppert’s ongoing effort to partner with community organizations that are providing support and services for vulnerable populations.

“When we look for community service projects, we are looking for a project where we can utilize our landscaping skills and company resources to better our community,” says Angela Howes, branch manager of Ruppert’s North Carolina Landscape construction branch. “This project came to us through one of our employees who knew about Ground 40 and suggested that we get involved. One of our company’s values is giving back to our community and we love to undertake projects that have meaning for our team members.”

The day of service included $20,000 in materials and 320 labor hours donated.

40 Ruppert employees cleaned and prepped the site, installing over 250 perennials and shrubs along with 15 trees. Planting beds were mulched and a volleyball court was installed as well. Materials were donated by service partners SavATree, SiteOne, Mulch Services, Scott Tree and Osprey Minerals.

Ewing Expands Footprint in Jacksonville, Florida

Ewing Outdoor Supply has expanded their footprint in Florida for the second time this year with a new location in Jacksonville, Florida.

Ewing Jacksonville West, the city’s second Ewing location, is the company’s fifteenth in the state. It will serve customers in Western and Downtown Jacksonville.

“This new location positions Ewing to better serve the Greater Jacksonville area by building on the exemplary service provided by our branch on Davis Creek Court in Jacksonville,” says Jeff Bower, Florida division vice president. “Ewing has served the green industry for more than 100 years, and we’re proud that our customers think of us as a business partner rather than a supplier. They know they can lean on us for the materials and expertise they need to get the job done profitably.”

Bartlett Tree Experts Adds New Offices in Tennessee

Bartlett Tree Experts has opened new offices in Chattanooga and Knoxville, Tennessee.

“We are thrilled to be here in Chattanooga!” says Rob Allen, division manager and vice president for Bartlett’s Virginia and Tennessee operations. “Our certified arborists look forward to helping keep the Scenic City scenic with our focus on species-specific, scientific tree care for the benefit of landscapes for residential and commercial clients.”

Jim Ingram, president and COO, says Tennessee is an important market for them.

“We see tremendous opportunities for growth in Knoxville, with its deep history, abundant spaces for outdoor recreation, and beautiful trees,” Ingram says. “We want to be a partner in this growth with our focus on scientific tree care to keep Knoxville’s landscapes healthy.”

Jill Odom

Jill Odom is the senior content manager for NALP.