Davey Tree Expert Company (Ohio) : The largest residential tree care company in the United States


(Uskings.us) The Davey Tree Expert Company, also known as Davey Tree, is an American multinational employee owned corporation that provides tree, utility, lawn care, and environmental consulting services in the green industry throughout the United States and Canada.

The company is the largest residential tree care company in North America and was founded in 1880 making it the first tree care company in the United States. John Davey, its founder, is considered the father of the science of tree surgery and arboriculture. It has been employee owned since 1979 and is the largest such company in Ohio and 13th largest in the U.S. Also, in May, Forbes named it as one of America's best employers in 2018 (294 out of 500).

Headquarters are in Kent, Ohio and the company was incorporated on February 4, 1909. John Davey was the President, and his son, Martin L. Davey, became the general manager and treasurer.The provides tree services to homeowners, small and large businesses, public utilities, and local, state, and federal agencies through its arboriculture, horticulture, and environmental and consulting services.

It organizes itself in two segments, residential and commercial, and utility. The company's main services are tree, commercial grounds, utility and consulting.

In 1873, John Davey at age 27 traveled from Europe to America and began working at Standing Rock Cemetery in Kent, Ohio. He transformed the cemetery with new plantings of trees, shrubs and flowers.


He planted hundreds of trees along the Kent streets and around homes in the community and performed a modest amount of tree work. He became determined to gain acceptance of his methods for the care of trees, and wrote a book.

In 1901, The Tree Doctor was published, a milestone in the career of Davey and the science of tree preservation.

By 1915, Davey Tree was growing and expanding; during the period from 1915 to 1920, the company expanded more than fivefold.Today, its sales are more than $1 billion.

Forbes named Davey 294 out of 500 large companies with more than 5,000 U.S. employees in May 2018.

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