Lewis Tree Service Timeline


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


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


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


Monroe purchased 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.


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


The company is renamed Lewis Tree Service, Inc.


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.

ESOP - 100% Employee Owned Company Logo


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


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


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.


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.


Tom Rogers named President and COO


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

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

Tom Rogers named CEO


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

Partnered with an Atlanta-based technology company to expand our capabilities to include work management applications for the energy and communications industries.


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


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

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


Carolina Tree Care logo


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


Lewis Tree celebrated its 80th year of operation!

Lewis Tree Service is proud to be celebrating 80 years in the vegetation management business


Began a mission-critical journey to embrace a new view of safety and human performance.

Human Performance in Utility Line Clearance


During one of the most active hurricane seasons on record, Lewis responds to six named storms (Isaias, Laura, Sally, Zeta, Eta and Delta) and one ice storm. To support Isaias, Lewis sent over 1,600 crew members to Louisiana and surrounding areas.


Over 1,200 Lewis employees deployed to the Southern US (Florida, Louisiana, Texas) and New England during the 2021 storm season to help restore power after tropical storms/hurricanes Elsa, Henri, and Ida and various Nor’easters.


Lewis announced a leadership transition with Leslie Kass, a recognized leader in the energy industry, named as CEO-elect.