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TAG: Michigan

Michigan landscaping company pitches in for health care system

May 26, 2020By

For D&B Landscaping, COVID-19 became personal because the Henry Ford Health System is a major client of the company, whose headquarters are in Livonia, Mich., a large western suburb of Detroit. “You have to consider that customer as part of your family,” says Dan Bywalec, president of D&B Landscaping. “What would you do if that was your family — how... read more

Drost Landscape in MI prepares for reopening

May 21, 2020By
Photo: LM staff

LM Associate Editor Sarah Webb interviews Drost Landscape Owner Bob Drost and General Manager Dale Drier who describe the long shutdown period in Michigan and share their plans for reopening the Petoskey, Mich.-based company. read more

Fighting the stay at home order in Michigan

May 7, 2020By

When Michigan’s stay at home order took effect on March 24, Amy Upton, executive director of the Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA) went to work. Instead of labeling businesses as nonessential and essential as the state did, Upton says she and the team at MNLA wanted “to change the conversation to a safe workplace versus a not safe workplace.”... read more

Back in full force in Michigan

April 30, 2020By

We first spoke with Adam Schlutt, president of MAAC Property Services, Niles, Mich., at the beginning of April, when Gov. Gretchen Whitmer deemed landscaping nonessential in Michigan, and his crews were shut down. “It’s been an interesting time,” Schlutt says. The company’s location near the border of Indiana, where 60 percent of its accounts are, helped it stay afloat during... read more

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

Water World: Meijer mishap

June 26, 2019By
Photo: Greg Winchel

Winchel Irrigation installed a new system during construction at new commercial site and encountered a few hiccups along the way read more