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NALP Members in the News: SavATree, Ruppert, Sperber

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SavATree Merges with Urban Tree Service

SavATree has merged with New Hampshire-based tree care company, Urban Tree Service. This expands SavATree’s presence in the New England area, serving customers throughout New Hampshire, Maine and Northeastern Massachusetts.

“We are excited to partner with a company that has been named the No. 1 Tree Care Company in New England for four consecutive years!” says Carmine Schiavone, CEO of SavATree. “Joining forces with Urban Tree Service further assists us in building a strong base in the Northeast. This merger marks our sixth location in Massachusetts, our second site in New Hampshire and our first home in Maine.”

Urban Tree Service has been around since 1990 and president Ed Hopkins will stay on with SavATree as part of their ongoing commitment to be the best “Tree Health Company” in New England.

“SavATree was the clear choice for passing the torch, as our company’s core values mirror those of SavATree,” Hopkins says. “We’re confident that this merger will help our company grow, as well as bolster our employees’ value. The combination of updated technology, comprehensive training and top-of-the-line equipment will benefit our customers with enhanced quality and improved service.”

Ruppert Landscape Enhances Landscape of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington

Twenty-five employees from three of Ruppert Landscape’s branches located in Maryland, DC and Virginia came together to put the finishing touches on the grounds of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington’s newly renovated headquarters.

“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 Craig Ruppert, CEO of Ruppert Landscape. “This project came to us through one of our board members, Julie Smith of The Bozzuto Group, who has worked with the Boys & Girls Club for several years. We were happy to donate our time and talents to help enhance this campus where they are working hard to ensure that their young members achieve academic success, develop good character and live healthy lives.” 

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington’s headquarters was renovated by Davis Construction and a number of organizations joined together to see this project completed. The final portion of the project included renovating the landscape.

This project involved an investment of both time and materials, totaling approximately $17,000 and consisting of 85 labor hours. To bring this project to fruition, Ruppert’s employees cleaned and prepped the site, mowed turf, removed dead and aging plant material, pruned existing trees and shrubs and installed over 125 perennials and shrubs along with bed edging and mulch.

Sperber Adds Bemus Landscape, Inc.

Sperber Landscape Companies has partnered with Bemus Landscape, Inc., headquartered in Orange County, California.

This is a significant return to the Southern California region as ValleyCrest was founded there by Burt Sperber over 70 years ago.

Bemus was founded by Bill Bemus in 1973 and provides a complete solution for commercial landscape services in Orange County, San Diego, and the Inland Empire. He retired from running the day-to-day operations in 2017.

“The Sperber partnership creates an exciting new chapter for the company my family has carefully built throughout the last six decades,” he says. “We have a longstanding relationship with the Sperber Family, and I feel confident and comfortable joining forces with them for this next phase of Bemus’ growth.”

Bemus’s sons, Colin, Corin and Spencer will continue active leadership of the company and will be shareholders in the company.

“When evaluating a variety of potential partners, it was important for us to choose a parent company that had a deep understanding of the nuances of our industry,” says Corin Bemus, CEO of Bemus. “Sperber’s seven decades of experience in landscaping reinforces our confidence that this partnership will allow us to retain our culture, treat our employees well, and take care of our clients properly.”

Jill Odom

Jill Odom is the senior content manager for NALP.