The Davey Tree Expert Company in January 2022 purchased the residential division of Lucas Tree Experts Co. of Portland, Maine.
Lucas Tree Experts is a third-generation family business founded in 1926 in Bangor, Maine. It is a utility-contractor accredited, 42-year TCIA member company currently headquartered in Falmouth, Maine, and employs 550 people across all of its service lines. The majority of its business involves providing vegetation-management services to utilities along the Eastern Seaboard, stretching from Nova Scotia, Canada, to South Carolina.
In 1982, Lucas Tree Experts developed the residential tree and plant-health-care division, which now will operate under Davey Tree, an accredited, 49-year TCIA member company headquartered in Kent, Ohio. This division provides residential and commercial tree services, plant heath care and lawn care in Portland, Maine, and the surrounding area. The residential division employs more than a dozen employees who will all be joining the Davey Tree team.
“With Davey Tree being one of the oldest, largest and most respected tree-service companies in the nation, we are confident it will be an excellent steward to our customers and provide new career opportunities for our talented team of arborists and technicians,” says Arthur Batson Jr., Lucas president. “Davey Tree is also the eighth-largest employee-owned company in the U.S., which will be a big advantage to our residential employees and their futures.”
“Davey and Lucas have had a long-term relationship with each other, so adding the experts from Lucas is like welcoming our close friends to the team,” says Pat Covey, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Davey Tree.