In California, an urban forester gathers his materials and leaves the office for a mid-day site visit, while a trimmer in Texas suspends himself within an ancient oak tree on the property of a loyal client.
At the same time, a Canadian arborist evaluates the health of a homeowner's trees, while a utility arborist in Florida steps into a bucket truck for a ride into the branches that are mingling with the power lines above. His Davey hardhat shines in the sun.
In Ohio, a team of experts begins a plan to preserve and enhance an important local wetland and stream, while a team in Detroit closely monitors the progression of an invasive pest, recommending strategies and solutions. Another crew nearby meticulously maintains a large office park.
This is a typical morning for the employees of The Davey Tree Expert Company.
Davey employee-owners have been working hard to achieve success and growth for more than 30 years. Since 1979, Davey has grown to approximately 7,400 employees - the fourth-largest employee-owned company in the U.S.
According to the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO), Davey ranked fourth-largest among all 100 percent employee-owned companies across the country and first in the state of Ohio. The rankings are based on total number of employees. In Davey's case, all 7,400 employees are spread out among 45 states and five Canadian provinces.
"Employee ownership at Davey has been a tradition for more than 30 years, and it is an essential piece of our company's success," says Karl Warnke, Davey's chairman, president and CEO. "Even more importantly, our commitment to employee ownership serves as a catalyst for Davey's future endeavors and growth."
More information about the Employee Ownership 100 list can be found at NCEO's website.