Asplundh Tree Expert turns 90
HORSHAM >> Asplundh Tree Expert LLC, an international vegetation management, utility infrastructure and commercial landscaping contractor based in Willow Grove, is concluding the celebration of its 90th year in business with its annual picnic at company headquarters in late September.
“Honoring our past, embracing the future” has been the theme of its ongoing business and employee communications and events.
In addition to the picnic’s traditional games and entertainment, the company’s top-level executives were joined by PPL Electric Utilities President Gregory Dudkin to plant a swamp white oak as a living reminder of the company’s 90th anniversary celebration. During the picnic’s meal, Dudkin reminded the 350-plus headquarters employees that PPL was one of the company’s first customers and that Asplundh crews have worked on the system continuously since 1928.
The tree service business was founded by three Asplundh brothers on Aug. 28, 1928, in Glenside. Asplundh focused on providing tree pruning and removal services to electric and telephone utilities.
Asplundh’s operations have expanded geographically to provide routine and emergency vegetation management, utility infrastructure and commercial landscaping/snow removal services to more than 4,000 clients across the U.S. and Canada, as well as overseas in Australia and New Zealand.
The family owned company, now managed by its third generation, has a workforce of more than 35,000 service professionals and a fleet of thousands of pieces of specialized equipment and vehicles.
Headquarters employees form the number 90 on the front lawn of Asplundh’s Willow Grove office for a commemorative 90th anniversary photo.
Asplundh board Chairman and CEO Scott Asplundh, left; PPL Electric Utilities President Gregory Dudkin; Asplundh Executive Vice Presidents Gregg Asplundh, Chris Asplundh Jr. and David Fleischner; UtiliCon Solutions Chief Operating Officer Steven Asplundh; UtiliCon President Brent Asplundh; and Asplundh Tree Expert President George Graham plant a swamp white oak tree.