Trugreen - Breaking News

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Dman1214, Nov 18, 2004.

  1. Dman1214

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    Trugreen's #1 man Don Karnes and #2 man Dave Slott left Trugreen. That part was broken yesterday. What I have found out was they were escorted out of their annual meetings in Florida this week. It was discovered that they secretly invest big $'s in a "green industry venture." More details to follow.
     
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  3. Dman1214

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    The company they are forming is supposedly going to be based in the Midwest. This makes sense because thats where they are orginally from. They started together with trugreen around 1980 and are very close. There will others that will follow I'm sure. Conference call within TG/CL happening addressing the issue as I write.
     
  4. Green Dreams

    Green Dreams LawnSite Senior Member
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    I heard they were canned but don't know why. That is funny. Ol Slott....this guy comes up to me in '90 or so and sticks his hand out and says.."hello." I introduce myself and as we are shaking hands, I lean in and say "...And you ARE?" Then I say.." I think I have seen your name somewhere." I was 23 and too cocky for my own good. He was nice to me but you know...most roaches are...lol

    These guys are realizing what I already knew...there is a better way to do this.
     
  5. TSM

    TSM LawnSite Senior Member
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    Dman, just curious, what, if any, ramification do you feel this will have on the smaller company (not the new venture, unless you see something there that will affect smaller companies, but Trugreen with new leadership?)
     
  6. Green Dreams

    Green Dreams LawnSite Senior Member
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    I thoguht they were all in Dallas this week. Still good stuff...
     
  7. Dman1214

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    TSM, Karnes has been there for like 25 years, he goes back to Trugreen's early roots. I believe with him gone, there may be an opportunity for them to clean up there act service wise. they certainly can't get any worse. when TG bought CL they systematically got rid of the CL people, who in my opinion had a far superior commitment to agronomics and cust service. Maybe some of that has a chance to return? I can think of a few people in that organization that will join them I'm sure. the conference call with all management was just a BS PR show to reassure all is well in TGland.
     
  8. Green Dreams

    Green Dreams LawnSite Senior Member
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    You are right on about the CL people. They were kickin TGs arse in quality back then...
     
  9. TSM

    TSM LawnSite Senior Member
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    Agreed. Trugreen has always had a bad rep within the industry. My thinking is that they never would have grown to where they are without the many companies they bought out. I remember my days in Chemlawn we always prided ourselves on growth by service ....rather than Trugreen's growth by purchase.

    But, just when we think they cant get any worse...i can see that happening. I guess time will tell.

    As far as Karnes' new 'industry venture'....you think we will see another marketing company that happens to spread fert on the horizon?
     
  10. Dman1214

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    it will be interesting to see what specifically they have going on. I don;t think it can be a start up enterprise. What comes to mind (and this is total conjecture on my part), is they got backing to acquire a regional player or franchise group. SpringGreen comes to mind, some one like that. In any event, i don't think the east coast needs to be concerned. i will try and learn more.
     

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