Asplundh Tree Expert Company
|Industry||Utility Line Clearance and Utility Services|
|Founded||August 28, 1928|
|Founder(s)||Brothers Griffith, Lester, and Carl Hjalmar, Jr.|
|Headquarters||Willow Grove, PA 19090|
|Area served||United States, Canada, New Zealand and Australia|
Chairman: Christopher B. Asplundh
|Divisions||UtiliCon Solutions, Ltd.|
|Subsidiaries||Asplundh Brush Control Co.|
Asplundh Tree Expert Co. is a utility contractor specializing in tree pruning and vegetation management. The company also performs utility construction, traffic signal and highway lighting construction and maintenance, automated metering infrastructure, home energy management program implementation and vegetation control for railroads and pipelines. Asplundh was established in 1928, the first company to specialize in utility line clearance and vegetation management instead of residential services.
Asplundh specializes in trimming trees around utility lines. In 1940, the first issue of The Asplundh TREE magazine was issued to crews. 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. By 1994 it had become the U.S.'s largest firm in utility clearance and one of the nation's largest privately held companies.
- Christopher M. O’Bryan, Thomas J. Straka, Scott R. Templeton, and Judith D. Caldwell (2007). "Economic Patterns in U.S. Arboriculture" (pdf). Arboriculture & Urban Forestry 33 (4): 292–299.
- Detailed History http://www.asplundh.com/our_history.htm
- Sharon Chung (July 8, 1994). "Strong Family Roots Help Asplundh Grow as Tree Expert Business: The company has become the nation's largest in clearing vegetation for utilities.". Los Angeles Times. p. 7.