Asplundh Tree Expert Company

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Asplundh Tree Expert Co.
Type Private
Industry Utility Line Clearance and Infrastructure Services
Founded August 28, 1928
Founders Asplundh Brothers Griffith, Lester, and Carl Hjalmar, Sr.
Headquarters 708 Blair Mill Road Willow Grove, PA 19090, Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA;
Area served United States, Canada, New Zealand and Australia
Key people

Chairman: Christopher B. Asplundh

Revenue $3.150B (2013)
Employees 35,000+
Divisions UtiliCon Solutions, Ltd.
Subsidiaries Asplundh Brush Control Co.
Website http://www.asplundh.com/

Asplundh Tree Expert Co. is an American company which specializes in tree pruning and vegetation management for investor-owned, municipal and cooperative utilities and government agencies. The company also performs utility line construction and maintenance, electrical systems testing, traffic signal and highway lighting construction and maintenance, automated metering infrastructure and home energy management program implementation.[1]

History[edit]

The Asplundh Tree Expert Co. was founded in 1928 in Pennsylvania by brothers Griffith, Lester and Carl Asplundh, members of a Swedish-American family with a long history of professional gardening and similar skills, combining their educations and experience in arboriculture, electrical engineering and finance.[2] The brothers' company specialized in "trimming trees around power and telephone lines."[2] It was the first company to specialize in utility line clearance and vegetation management instead of residential services.[3][4]

In 1940, the first issue of The Asplundh TREE magazine was issued to crews; the magazine is still being published.[2] By this time the company had expanded from Pennsylvania to the Midwest and the Middle Atlantic states. In 1956, a subsidiary company, Asplundh Brush Control Co., was established.

In 1990, Asplundh acquired New York based B & J Maintenance Co., Inc, as well as L. Fulcher Electric, which was over five small clearance firms in France which became Asplundh's French subsidiary. Also during this year, the company expanded to New Zealand, acquiring Electrix Limited, which changed its name to Electrix Asplundh.[1] By 1994 it had become the US's largest firm in utility clearance and one of the nation's largest privately held companies.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Profile at answers.com
  2. ^ a b c Our History at asplundh.com
  3. ^ O’Bryan, Christopher M.; Straka, Thomas J.; Templeton, Scott R.; Caldwell, Judith D. (2007). "Economic Patterns in U.S. Arboriculture" (pdf). Arboriculture & Urban Forestry 33 (4): 292–299. 
  4. ^ About at Asplundh.com
  5. ^ Chung, Sharon (July 8, 1994). "Strong Family Roots Help Asplundh Grow as Tree Expert Business". Los Angeles Times. p. 7. 

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