NOTEBOOK: Schill Expands in Southwest Ohio

Move expands landscaping and snow and ice coverage, and marks Schill’s eighth acquisition in less than three years.

Jerry Schill
Schill Grounds Management
Schill Grounds Management has acquired GrassCor, expanding its landscape and snow and ice services in the Cincinnati and Dayton markets.

Based in the northern part of Cincinnati in Blue Ash, Ohio, GrassCor offers comprehensive grounds management, landscaping and winter services for commercial clients.

GrassCor was owned by Alex Sulfsted, who grown the business by expanding into multiple locations around Cincinnati and Dayton over the past 12 years. GrassCor serves more than 300 clients across the region, and has about 100 employees, most of whom will remain with Schill.

GrassCor marks Schill’s eighth acquisition in less than three years, and expands its service area in Cincinnati to complement its previous acquisitions of Grounds Elite, Fredericks Landscaping, and Ward + Thornton Landscapes.

“GrassCor is a natural fit for the Schill family of companies, with a culture of integrity similar core values of being employee centered and customer focused,” said Jerry Schill, CEO of Schill Grounds Management and founder of the company nearly 30 years ago. “Partnering with GrassCor allows us to provide better coverage and enhanced services in Cincinnati and Dayton — and throughout the Upper Midwest. We are very excited to welcome the GrassCor team.”

Schill, a 2011 Leadership Award recipient, continues to seek additional acquisition opportunities throughout the Midwest and Great Lakes region, and in the Toronto area in Canada.

Sulfsted will continue to lead GrassCor’s team, following Schill’s model to develop an “owner’s network” that keeps former owners closely involved in running the business while providing strategic recommendations and sharing best practices among the Schill group of companies.

“We are thrilled to be joining forces with Schill because their values are exactly what we believe in here at GrassCor,” said Sulfsted. “We look forward to continuing to lead the GrassCor team and providing exceptional support and quality service to clients in southern Ohio for many years to come as we grow.”