The Davey Tree Expert Company, an accredited, 48-year TCIA member company headquartered in Kent, Ohio, has purchased Chippers, Inc., an accredited, 23-year TCIA member company headquartered in Woodstock, Vermont.
Employing more than 90 people, Chippers has been serving northern New England since 1986, with offices in Woodstock, Vt., and Enfield and Meredith, New Hampshire.
Mundy Wilson Piper, president and CEO of Chippers, Inc., says she considered both employees and clients when making the decision to join Davey Tree. In particular, she was drawn to the fact that Davey is the ninth-largest employee-owned company in the U.S., according to the National Center for Employee Ownership.
“It’s crucial to me that all those on staff today and in the future will have the opportunity to become employee owners, and that their jobs will remain local,” she says. “Just as important, our clients will work with the same Chippers team members they have come to know and rely on during our 35 years in business.”
“Now that they’ve joined the Davey family, Chippers employees will benefit from Davey’s extensive training and educational resources, as well as additional opportunities for promotion,” says Jim Stief, executive vice president of the U.S. residential operations at Davey Tree. “Chippers clients will continue to interact with the same team members, but now those team members will have access to The Davey Institute, which houses our diagnostic laboratory and team of scientists.”
Piper will remain as a consultant for six months. The organizational structure of Chippers will remain much the same. Jason Eaton in sales and Travis Vickerson in operations will continue to have lead roles.