NALP Members in the News: másLabor, RC Mowers, Massey Services, WorkWave, Davey Tree and David J. Frank Landscape Contracting - The Edge from the National Association of Landscape Professionals

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NALP Members in the News: másLabor, RC Mowers, Massey Services, WorkWave, Davey Tree and David J. Frank Landscape Contracting

Read more about these NALP members and partners in the news.

másLabor Merges with AgWorks H2

másLabor, a provider of comprehensive services for employers participating in the H-2A and H-2B nonimmigrant visa programs, has merged with AgWorks H2, a Georgia-based H-2A and H-2B consulting firm.

“AgWorks has a proven success model, with a deep compliance focus and highly knowledgeable leadership,” says Edward Silva, CEO of másLabor, who recently purchased másLabor in July 2021. “But as we and the market continue to evolve and grow, there are clear benefits to integration, shared systems and knowledge, and more active collaboration.”

The two companies obtain approvals for their clients to employ over 60,000 foreign workers per year. Under the new structure, AgWorks will expand its service offerings to align with those offered by másLabor including assistance with domestic job applicants, comprehensive audit services and other visa categories.

“Together, we have a detailed view of the labor market for the entire country as it relates to H–2 workers, across nearly every industry,” says Dan Bremer, current president of AgWorks, who will remain in a key leadership role to both másLabor and AgWorks. “We know the challenges, the opportunities, and we have best–in–class solutions.”

RC Mowers Expands Dealer Network on West Coast

RC Mowers has added another West Coast dealership to its network with Cal-Line Equipment in California.

Cal-Line Equipment was founded in 1986 as an equipment sales and service business for the tree and landscaping industries. In 2021, the family-owned company joined the Owen Family of Companies, which includes Owen Equipment and Blaze Equipment. The Knoll family is still involved in the daily operations of Cal-Line and continues to provide a wide range of woodchippers, stump grinders, horizontal grinders and whole-tree chippers.

“While we specialize in tree-clearing equipment, our roots are still very deep in the landscaping industry, and we envision RC Mowers’ products as the gamechanger in this market,” says Denny Knoll, Cal-Line president. “These products will revolutionize landscaping as we know it, and we’re proud to be on board with such an innovative company.”

Massey Services Promotes Reggie LaPiere to Regional Manager

Reggie LaPiere has been promoted to regional manager of Massey Services’ South Carolina region. In his new role, he will oversee all of Massey’s service centers in South Carolina, including Greenville, Columbia, Charleston and Hilton Head Island, providing strategic leadership to more than 100 team members.

Reggie LaPiere

LaPiere has been with Massey since 2016. He started as a general manager in training before becoming general manager for the Charleston service center. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Townson University.

“Reggie has a proven track record of driving results through his commitment to total customer satisfaction,” says Tony Massey, president& CEO of Massey Services. “As a general manager in our Charleston location, he increased revenue by nearly 35 percent in 2021 and expanded our presence in a new territory. We look forward to his continued success in our newly created South Carolina region.”

WorkWave Experiences 168 Percent Revenue Growth Year-to-Date

WorkWave, has experienced continued growth with 168 percent year-to-date growth and Q2 revenue growth of 148 percent year-over-year. The company credits this to software sales as WorkWave delivers innovation and partners with customers to drive their success.

WorkWave was also named one of the Top 100 Software Companies of 2022 by The Software Report.

“During these times of uncertainty, it is even more critical that we continue to focus on consistently delivering tangible value to our customers,” says David F. Giannetto, WorkWave CEO. “That, combined with our ability to be a strong partner, will carry them — and WorkWave — through any challenges they may face. We expect our outstanding success to continue and believe that our constant focus on running a well-managed, profitable, organically growing business puts us in a superior position versus our competition.”

Recently WorkWave has launched Real Green Lite as an offering to growth-minded small-to-midsize green industry customers, as well as Customer Experience Department that helps customers utilize WorkWave solutions. WorkWave’s Financial Services help their customers grow their business and maximize their money. The software company has also worked to continue to enhance the Real Green platform.

Davey Canada Announces Market Expansion   

Davey Tree Expert Co. of Canada, Limited has expanded its residential/commercial (R/C) operations in Brantford, Ontario. They have also promoted Josh Cook as a new district manager.

“Our Ontario offices continue to experience remarkable growth and success,” says Dylan Glazer, operations vice president of R/C services, Davey Canada. “In 2021, Antler Services of Brantford joined Davey Tree as entry into CLS for Canada, and simultaneously we have established our Brantford R/C office. This new residential territory expands the Davey brand within the Brantford market and better positions us to serve our customers with comprehensive grounds maintenance services. In preparation for establishing Brantford R/C, Josh has been building a foundation with focus on developing a local team and lasting customer relationships. Josh leads by example. His dedication to his employees and customers will drive future success for the new Brantford office.”

Cook joined Davey in 2012 as a groundsperson at the Hamilton, Ontario, office. Cook is an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist and a 2018 graduate of the Davey Institute of Tree Sciences (D.I.T.S.).

David J. Frank Landscape Contracting Safety Streak Stretches to Seven Years

David J. Frank Landscape Contracting has gone seven years, over 3.4 million hours, without a lost-time incident. This is the longest streak in the company’s 63-year history.

“Safety is our top priority, but even we are amazed at the length of this streak,” says David R. Frank, CEO/president. “It has become a real source of pride for our team members and nobody wants the streak to end.”

Even more impressive is the fact that nearly 100 crews are dispatched daily to residential and commercial sites where 250 team members use heavy machinery and power equipment that present their own set of unique safety challenges.

“Our insurance company has over 10,000 customers and we are on our way to having the best MOD rate of all their clients,” Frank says. “They describe our safety streak as achieving the impossible.”

The company credits their success to identifying potential safety hazards, holding weekly safety meetings, having the company safety committee visit jobsites, and OSHA 10-hour training. The company also holds training sessions on new equipment, and shares safety articles in the company newsletter.

To celebrate, David J. Frank Landscape Contracting took the staff out to a Milwaukee Brewers baseball game on July 26.

Jill Odom

Jill Odom is the senior content manager for NALP.