Asplundh Tree Expert Company

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Asplundh Tree Expert LLC
Private
IndustryUtility Line Clearance and Infrastructure Services
FoundedAugust 28, 1928
FounderAsplundh Brothers Griffith, Lester, and Carl Hjalmar, Sr.
Headquarters708 Blair Mill Road Willow Grove, PA 19090, ,
United States;
Area served
United States, Canada, New Zealand and Australia
Key people
  • Scott M. Asplundh
  • (Chairman & CEO)
  • George Graham, Jr.
  • (President)
  • Joseph P. Dwyer
  • (CFO)
Revenue$3.9B (2017)
Number of employees
34,000+
DivisionsUtiliCon Solutions, Ltd.
SubsidiariesAsplundh Brush Control Co.
Websitehttp://www.asplundh.com/

Asplundh Tree Expert LLC is an American company which specializes in tree pruning and vegetation management for 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 who combined their educations and experience in arboriculture, electrical engineering and finance.[2] The 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]

Hiring of Illegal Immigrants[edit]

An investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement found that Asplundh hired thousands of illegal immigrants between 2010 and 2014. This came after a prior audit by the agency in 2009 that found the company hired illegal immigrants. While Asplundh did dismiss the workers in 2009, many of the same workers were hired again using fraudulent documents. On September 28, 2017 the company pleaded guilty to a federal criminal charge and was ordered to pay a $95 million fine, the largest ever in an immigration case. Three managers including a vice-president have pleaded guilty to felony charges.[6]

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. Archived from the original (pdf) on 2011-07-13.
  4. ^ About Archived August 25, 2009, at the Wayback Machine at Asplundh.com
  5. ^ Chung, Sharon (July 8, 1994). "Strong Family Roots Help Asplundh Grow as Tree Expert Business". Los Angeles Times. p. 7.
  6. ^ Rubinkam, Michael (September 29, 2017). "Tree company Asplundh to pay record fine for immigration practices". USA Today. Retrieved September 29, 2017.

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