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It’s all there: 2018 GIE+EXPO preview

September 10, 2018By
GIE+EXPO show view (Photo: GIE+EXPO)

“I’ll see you in Louisville,” has become a common refrain for many landscape professionals and those who sell to and support them. What’s the attraction to this northern Kentucky town, otherwise known for the Derby and the Bourbon Trail? GIE+EXPO—the industry’s only national trade show, which has been growing at a clip for the last decade. The show has established... read more

Divide + Conquer: How well-defined roles help Drost Landscape grow

August 22, 2018By
Dale Drier and Bob Drost (right); Photo: Molly Hauxwell Currier

Drost Landscape existed long before its founding in 1991—if only as a handful of potential logo drawings on the dining room table of founder and owner, Bob Drost. From the time Drost began working as a landscape laborer in the late 1970s, he knew he wanted to start his own company. He waited until he had more than a decade... read more

People power: How The Greenery empowers its employees

July 18, 2018By
The Greenery employees. Photo by Krisztian Lonyai

Hilton Head Island, S.C., conjures up thoughts of relaxing getaways at coastal resorts on beautiful beaches. For The Greenery’s CEO, Lee Edwards, Hilton Head Island has been about the people and the relationships that have helped his company grow from a small family business with six employees to where it is today—a company that is poised to make $65 million.... read more

LM150 company profile: Complete Landsculpture

July 9, 2018By
Photo: Complete Landsculpture

Like so many in the business, Chris Strempek, founder, co-owner and president of Complete Landsculpture, entered the landscaping industry as a boy, equipped with an old mower, summers full of free time and an asking price of $5 per lawn. Strempek later founded Complete Landsculpture in 1985 when he was a second-year college student at the University of North Texas.... read more

LM150 company profile: Landscape Development Inc.

July 2, 2018By
Gary Horton (Photo: Neil Stephenson Photography)

In 2006, Gary Horton’s company, Landscape Development Inc. (LDI), was at the top of its game. With an annual revenue of $93 million, the Valencia, Calif.-based company was thriving and growing by more than 25 percent per year. Then the 2007 recession hit, and like so many other successful firms, LDI found itself mired in a downturn. Revenue fell from... read more

LM150 company profile: Schultz Industries

June 18, 2018By
Eric Schultz headshot

Eric Schultz, who mowed lawns in high school, naturally joined up with his brother’s residential lawn maintenance company after getting out of the Marine Corps in 1982. After five years, realizing he did not want to mow lawns for the rest of his life, Schultz broke off from his brother to found a commercial-focused company with his wife, Pam, in... read more