This Job Is a Fun Grind

Tree care operators who run wood-waste recycling operations are glad to have the chance to make a positive impact on the environment, but most will admit that is not the reason they got into the business. “We want to be good stewards of the earth, but if it didn’t work economically, we wouldn’t have stayed […]

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Captive-Group Insurance Rewards Safety

This is a group that was 30 years in the making, says Mark Shipp. He is talking about Ascend, the first tree-care-only, group-captive insurance program for the tree care and vegetation-management industries. Shipp is an insurance veteran who’s spent 30 years in the tree care industry. He’s a former TCIA board member who was involved […]

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You, Too, Can Get a Million-Dollar Loan

The people I’ve worked with throughout the years, today I’m doing a deal for them for a million dollars, but I started out with a $20,000 deal, and it gradually went up,” says JoAnn Cucciarre, making a point echoed by many other equipment-finance professionals working with the tree care industry. “Normally, someone doesn’t come to […]

Getting Paid for Storm Work

This is the first article in a planned series on pricing and getting paid for storm-related tree work.Dustin Meyers owns and operates Timber Ridge Tree Care, a 21-year TCIA member company based in Comstock Park, Michigan, near Grand Rapids. When he was younger, he’d travel for storm work, but says now, “I’m too tired and […]

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TCIA Offers a Portal to a Better Career

TCIA Career Pathways, a new online education and training program, offers tree care workers new opportunities to advance their careers. At the same time, it provides individual companies an opportunity to provide structured training and create career pathways that can help stabilize their workforce. With TCIA Career Pathways, the Tree Care Industry Association is offering […]

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