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TAG: J. Barker Landscaping Co.

Cutting fleet and operating costs

March 11, 2020By
Mechanic performing fleet maintenance (Photo: J. Barker Landscaping Co.)

As a smaller company, filling up the trucks before the first job of the day was just part of the routine for Norm Ripper and his crews. But as his company, Helping Hand Lawn Care in Apopka, Fla., began to grow, fueling up a fleet of 25 trucks suddenly became a time-consuming hassle. “I just couldn’t afford to have 40... read more

Diversifying with demo work

May 10, 2017By
Photo: J. Barker Landscaping Co.

One landscape company found new work amid the foreclosure crisis. In 2008, the economic downturn left many landscape business owners wondering if they would survive. As businesses and homeowners cut back on expenses, landscaping services often got the axe. Many companies were looking for ways to diversify. Around this time, J. Barker Landscaping Co. in Bedford, Ohio, found itself in... read more