Columbia LandCare acquires cross-town competitor

November 2, 2016 -  By

Columbia LandCare—a year-round, full-service landscape company in Columbia, Mo.—acquired Creative Surroundings, a 34-year-old landscape business across town, according to Columbia Daily Tribune

Columbia LandCare owner and CEO Jed Taylor told the newspaper that he expects the acquisition to help his company reach or surpass $6 million in sales in 2017.

Taylor had been in negotiations with former Creative Surroundings owner Gloria Gaus for about six months before reaching a deal. Gaus, who has expressed interest in retiring, will stay on board to oversee the transition. Creative Surroundings’ 10 employees will also join Columbia LandCare, which as about 100 employees during peak season.

“Gloria’s done a great job building relationships in the community,” Taylor said. “It’s a good addition to our team.”

Columbia LandCare, which formed in 2009, draws 60 percent of its revenue from its grounds management department, which includes lawn maintenance, turf care and floriculture; 15 percent from irrigation installation and service; and the rest from snow removal and design/build projects.

This is the company’s fifth merger or acquisition in six years.

About the Author:

Dillon Stewart graduated from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, earning a Bachelor of Science in Online Journalism with specializations in business and political science. Stewart is a former associate editor of LM.

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