Our most-read stories of 2016

January 5, 2017 -  By

In 2016, more of you read LM on your computer, smartphone or device than any other year in the magazine’s history. Whether you came by way of our homepage, email newsletter or social media accounts, these are the stories that you, the LM readers, clicked on most in 2016.

1. BrightView CEO Kerin steps down

In July, Andrew Kerin was succeeded on an interim basis by Pat Velasco.

Flash forward to November 2016: BrightView appointed Andrew Masterman as president and CEO

2. BrightView rebranding begins

More than a year after Brickman and ValleyCrest decided on their new name, BrightView began rolling out its new look in March. Learn more about the new brand and the inspiration behind it.

3. OSHA cites The Grounds Guys for workplace injuries

In response to the safety and health violations, The Ground Guys faced a $42,000 penalty in February. Learn more about the events that led to OSHA’s involvement.

4. One OSHA region, three fatal mower accidents

Three landscapers died in Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas in mower accidents in April, which was equal to total deaths in the previous six years. Avoid similar accidents by following these tips.

5. Jensen, NLS join Monarch Landscape Holdings

In April, Jensen Landscape and Northwest Landscape Services became part of the private equity-backed company that entered the market May 2015 with the acquisition of Signature Landscape Services.

6. Exec pleads guilty to cheating staff out of pay, falsifying documents

In January, an executive of a Rhode Island-based landscape and nursery company pleaded guilty in federal court for orchestrating a scheme to avoid paying union benefits and falsifying unemployment documents.

7. TruGreen: ‘Milestone merger’ is complete

TruGreen completed its merger with Scotts LawnService, a former subsidiary of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Co., in April.

TruGreen to build on momentum, CEO Alexander reports

8. Consultant Vander Kooi dies

Construction and landscape industry consultant Charles Vander Kooi died in March at the age of 68. See how colleagues and industry members paid their respects.

9. SiteOne acquires Hydro-Scape

In January, SiteOne Landscape Supply acquired Hydro-Scape Products, an irrigation sprinkler store and landscape supplier with 17 locations in Southern California.

SiteOne acquires Carolina-based Blue Max Materials

10. Senate fails to override Obama veto

Also in January, President Obama vetoed the resolution passed by Congress that would overturn the EPA’s Clean Water Rule.

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