Davey acquires Arborel in Pittsburgh

April 7, 2017 -  By

daveyTreeThe Davey Tree Expert Co. acquired the assets of Arborel Tree Service, which provides tree and plant health care services, lawn fertilization and pest management to a residential clientele in the greater Pittsburgh area. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Myself and my employees are excited to join the Davey team,” said Robert Kruljac, who founded Arborel in 2001. “We look forward to joining the culture of employee ownership and appreciate the shared passion for high-quality client service.”

Davey Tree will welcome Arborel’s employees on board, said Jim Houston, vice president and general manager of the Eastern U.S. Residential/Commercial (R/C) operations.

“High-quality client service is a top priority for Davey and Arborel, and now clients of Arborel will also benefit from access to Davey’s diversified service offerings, technology and equipment resources and research and development capabilities,” Houston said. “In addition, Arborel employees have the opportunity to advance their careers by accessing Davey’s industry-leading education and training programs.”

Clients of Arborel will now be served by Davey’s three R/C offices located in the Pittsburgh area. Kruljac will serve as assistant district manager of Davey’s North Pittsburgh R/C office, whose district manager is Matt Fromm.

Fromm is an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist. He holds a bachelor’s in forest biology and a master’s degree in plant pathology, both from Penn State University.

Kruljac is an ISA Certified Arborist and a president-elect of the Penn-Del Chapter of the ISA. Kruljac, who studied environmental sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, has been a supporter of Tree Pittsburgh, a non-profit working to enhance the city’s tree canopy and was named Tree Pittsburgh’s Corporate Partner of the Year in 2015.

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