LM150: Grow getters

June 5, 2014 -  By

Seventy-five LM150 companies grew 10 percent or more, up from 58 on last year’s list. Here’s what factors are contributing to a few of these firms’ expansions.

Overall Rank Growth Rank Company % Revenue Change
from 2012
73 1 The Grounds Guys(1) 112%
98 2 Earthtones Landscaping 110%
149 3 Emerald Isle Landscaping 51%
52 5 Southern Botanical 47%
96 6 Caretaker Landscape & Tree Management 43%
71 7 Angler Environmental 38%
140 8 Eastern Land Management (ELM) 37%
12 9 Ferrandino & Son 35%
40 10 Reliable Property Services 34%
15 11 Merit Service Solutions 33%
111 12 Dora Landscaping Co. 30%
8 13 Weed Man 28%
112 Santa Rita Landscaping 28%
121 LegacyScapes 28%
148 16 Dobson’s Woods & Water 25%
42 17 Bemus Landscape 24%
99 18 Becker Landscape 23%
135 Lawn Ranger 23%
37 20 Dixie Landscape 22%
120 Heron Lawn & Pest Control(2) 22%
122 Kujawa Enterprises (KEI) 22%
150 Outside Unlimited 22%
34 24 Sebert Landscaping 21%
105 Stockner’s 21%
17 Mainscape 21%
83 27 Designs By Sundown 20%
108 Arteka Cos. 20%
138 Signature Landscapes 20%
125 30 Coast Landscape Management 19%
133 Joyce Landscaping 19%
55 Girard Environmental Services 19%
123 33 Ecoscape Solutions Group 18%
47 The Schumacher Cos. 18%
93 Hittle Landscaping(3) 18%
141 Pacific Landscape Management 18%
95 37 Cleary Bros. Landscape 17%
18 38 Marina Landscape 16%
145 Grant & Power Landscaping 16%
87 40 Lambert’s 15%
14 41 Ruppert Landscape 14%
32 Christy Webber Landscapes 14%
77 Clarence Davids & Co. 14%
81 Yard-Nique 14%
143 Providence Landscape Group 14%
113 Lawn Dawg 14%
7 47 U.S. Lawns 13%
9 Gothic Landscape 13%
24 Lucas Tree Experts 13%
90 Munie Greencare Professionals(4) 13%
109 John Mini Distinctive Landscapes 13%
116 Southview Design 13%
1 ValleyCrest Landscape Cos. 13%
25 Acres Group 13%
38 Terracare Associates 13%
137 56 Tomlinson Bomberger 12%
31 Mariani Landscape 12%
35 Mission Landscape Cos. 12%
110 Greenscape 12%
115 Hoffman Landscapes 12%
28 61 Jensen Corp. 11%
91 Sposato Landscape Co. 11%
20 63 Massey Services 10%
19 Clintar Landscape Management 10%
22 NaturaLawn of America 10%
30 The Greenery 10%
44 Ryan Lawn & Tree 10%
63 Teufel Nursery 10%
74 ISS Grounds Division 10%
75 Heads Up Landscape Contractors 10%
100 Harvest Landscape Enterprises(5) 10%
118 CoCal Landscape 10%
139 Canete Landscape & Snow Management 10%
145 Executive Landscape 10%
85 10%

(1) The Grounds Guys
This landscape maintenance franchise system, founded in 2010, is the fastest-growing LM150 firm for the second year in a row. With its eye on refining financial awareness/accountability, strategic training and systems, the company plans to grow another 43 percent next year.

(2) Heron Lawn & Pest Control
In addition to implementing a new customer management system, revamping its employee rewards program and adding a 401(k) program for 2014, Heron upped its offerings on the pest control side of its business with a wildlife solutions division and a termite initiative.

(3) Hittle Landscaping
The company credits its 2013 growth to a new management structure, additional advertising and human resources initiatives, such as a new-hire orientation and an increased safety focus.

(4) Munie Greencare Professionals
The company’s increase in 2013 over 2012 was primarily due to the addition of four large maintenance sites. It hopes future growth will come from strengthening management accountability through financial planning, equipment management and production processes.

(5) Harvest Landscape Enterprises
It grew by enhancing its safety programs and establishing a company “bible,” detailing every position. Harvest also implemented an iPhone app and custom software to improve efficiency. Employee development is a focus this year.

LM Staff

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