TAG: Great Recession

One landscape company’s climb back to the top

September 9, 2019By
The Todd’s Services leadership team. From left to right, Jeff Walz, Doug Murphy, Josh Robinson, Sherry LaButte-Birk, Kurt LaButte, Mark Becker and Kevin Birk. (Photo: Todd's Services)

Todd and Kurt LaButte, like many in the landscape industry, started young with a couple of push mowers, mowing neighbors’ lawns. Todd, being the older of the LaButte brothers (he was No. 5 of eight children, and Kurt was the youngest), named the company Todd’s Services. “We started in 1979, my brother and I,” Kurt LaButte says. “It was unique... read more

HighGrove aims higher with new marketing tool

July 2, 2014By

A firm develops a research report to spur new customer leads. In the years following the Great Recession, many building managers have kept a tight grip on their landscape design budgets. The belt-tightening trend has given way to stale, boring landscapes, says Gib Durden, vice president of business development for HighGrove Partners. In 2013, leaders at Austell, Ga.-based HighGrove decided... read more

The new norm?

January 14, 2014By
Photo: Lynn Ketchum, Oregon State University

Suppliers discuss the underlier for turfseed shortages and high prices. Gone are the days when turfseed fields dominantly cloaked the surfaces of Willamette Valley, Ore. Crops such as wheat, corn and soybeans overtake the grounds that once were boasted as the world’s turfseed capital. Meanwhile, lawn care professionals have been pulling more money out of company bank accounts to pay... read more