1938

Founded in 1938 as Monroe Tree Surgeons, a residential tree and landscaping care company.

1952

A new line of business is added: Utility Line Clearance. Rochester Gas & Electric Corporation became our first customer.

1960s

Two new lines of business, Landscape Construction and Lawn Care Maintenance Services, two new operating offices, and a new name:Monroe Tree & Landscape, Inc.

1971

Monroe purchases Lewis Tree Service, a unionized line clearance company which positioned Monroe to expand utility line clearance services to include New York’s Niagara Mohawk Power Corp., New York State Electric & Gas Corp. and Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corp.

1976 - 1983

Lewis expands line clearance services into five new regional locations on the Eastern Seaboard: New England, Long Island, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Florida.

1988

Monroe purchases Love & Associates, positioning the company to expand into the Mid-Atlantic Region; North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

1992

The company is renamed Lewis Tree Service, Inc.

1998

Management and non-union employees purchase 30% of company stock and form Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) Company.

Company purchases Dumac Tree Service in New York.

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2000

Management and non-union employees purchase remaining stock forming a 100% Employee Owned Company (ESOP).

2002

Company purchases Utility Line Clearance Company from Northern Tree Service in New England.

2003

Largest storm response ever as 1,100 employees helped restore service for various customers in Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina and Virginia.

2003 - 2008

Winner of many National ESOP Awards including National ESOP Company of the Year in 2005 and Employee of the Year, Rita Tucker, in 2008.

2007

Company purchases Tamarack Forestry Service, Inc., positioning the Company to expand into Canada and Maine.

Company expands westward into Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio for new contracts with Dayton Power, Duke Energy and First Energy.

2008

Tom Rogers named President and CEO

2011

Rochester Top 100 Company for the 13th consecutive year and 16th year overall.

Responded to Hurricane Irene and Northeast Snowstom with over 2400 employees.

2012

Named A.C. “Fred” Engelfried as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Partnered with Clearion Software, LLC in Atlanta, Georgia expanding our capabilities to include work management applications for the energy and communications industries.

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2012

Responded to Hurricane Sandy with over 1,125 crews serving 27 customers across 11 states

2013

Acquired Wilderness Environmental Services in Ontario, Canada expanding our utility line clearance customers in Canada and our capabilities in North America for roadside vegetation management and railroad vegetation control

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2014

Introduced Intelligent Vegetation Management bringing end-to-end automation to all aspects of utility vegetation management operations.

2016

Received an ETHIE award from the Rochester Area Business Ethics Foundation (RABEF).

Joined forces with Carolina Tree Care to serve the residential and commercial tree market in North Carolina.

 

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2017

Responded to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma with over 1,800 crew members

2018

Lewis Tree Celebrates its 80th year of operation!

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