Notebook: Schill Expands Into Cincinnati

Notebook: Schill Expands Into Cincinnati

Cleveland-based snow and landscape company purchases two full-service firms in The Queen City market.

April 20, 2021

Schill Grounds Management is expanding into the Cincinnati market with the purchase of two full-service landscaping companies that have served southern Ohio for a combined 90 years.

The Cleveland-based Schill announced it has acquired Ward + Thornton Landscapes, which was founded more than 50 years ago and is based in Maineville, Ohio. Ward + Thornton provides full-service landscape, maintenance, snow management and design-build services to numerous customers in northeast Cincinnati and beyond, including Fortune 500 companies as well as local businesses of all sizes.

Schill also purchased Fredericks Landscaping, which is based in Cincinnati and has been providing full-service landscaping and snow management to customers in Central Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky for more than 40 years.

The southeastern Ohio acquisitions expand Schill Grounds Management’s presence beyond its primary

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markets of Cleveland and Columbus, and represent the third and fourth acquisitions the company has completed in recent months.

Schill Ground Management will operate out of the existing Ward + Thornton and Fredericks facilities, while approximately 200 employees from the companies will join the Schill family.

“We are delighted to show our new employees and customers in Cincinnati what makes Schill a best-in-class partner for year-round grounds management services,” said Schill Grounds Management President and co-founder Jerry Schill.

Mike Ward, the former owner of Ward + Thornton, will oversee the consolidated operations in the region in a new role as Schill’s Market President for Cincinnati.

Schill, a 2011 Leadership Award recipient, was a recent guest on The Snow Magazine Podcast (Episode #54) and talked about his company's recent merger with Argonne Capital. The move has redirected his role and has afforded him the opportunity to seek out strategic expansion opportunities within the Great Lakes and Upper Midwest landscape and snow markets.

CLICK HERE to listen to that episode of the podcast.