Editor's Notebook: BrightView Expands In Snow

Editor's Notebook: BrightView Expands In Snow

The addition of Central New York's Pro Scapes adds to its winter maintenance footprint.

September 3, 2019

BrightView Holdings got a bit bigger in the snow market last week when it announced on Aug. 30 the acquisition of Pro Scapes, a commercial landscaping company headquartered in Jamesville, New York. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Pro Scapes began as a one-man operation in the mid-1970s. Under the leadership of founder Rick Kier and his wife, Karen L. Kier, the company grew to become a leading grounds care provider in central New York. In addition to snow, the company and its approximately 150 employees provides grounds maintenance and irrigation services to customers across commercial and industrial properties and upscale condominium complexes in Onondaga County.

“We are excited to welcome Pro Scapes, its employees and their customers to BrightView,” said Andrew Masterman, BrightView president and CEO. “Over the years they have invested in developing operational processes, customized technological solutions and employee training programs that fueled their steady historical growth. In addition to bringing our best practices to bear in the strategically attractive market of Central New York, I am certain that BrightView’s existing operation will learn many of Pro Scapes’ secrets for success, especially in their snow removal business.”

Kier believes BrightView’s strategic approach to intense customer focus fits well with his company’s established customer service philosophy.

“BrightView’s national presence and formidable resources open the door to exciting long-term opportunities for our team members and our customers alike," Kier said. "I look forward to seeing the teams leverage our shared, customer-centric strategy, use of cutting edge tools and techniques and commitment to employee development to drive future growth."

BrightView has been on a pretty active acquisition spree. In the last year, it added New England-based Russo Lawn & Landscape (November 2018); California's Emerald Landscape Co. (January); Benchmark Landscapes in Texas (February); Luke’s Landscaping in South Florida and Desert Classic Landscaping in Phoenix, both previously owned and operated by FirstService Residential (May).

Mike Zawacki is editor of Snow Magazine.