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Central PA new to business

Discussion in 'Network: North' started by lanceslawncare, Nov 10, 2003.

  1. lanceslawncare

    lanceslawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    im new to the biz and was looking for someone to give a few pointers from the area around state college and lock haven PA:blob4:
  2. pottstim

    pottstim LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 501

    I'm not from Pa, but travel up through that area very often on Route 15 on my way up to Elmira, NY where I am originally from. It is really some pretty countryside up there, especially in the Williamsport and Mansfield areas. I am really glad to see that PennDot is finally 4-laning RT.15. Back about 10 years ago, that was one sorry excuse for a road. Good luck with your business. :)
  3. rockstate

    rockstate LawnSite Member
    Messages: 83

    im originally from erie pennsylvania
  4. Tbarchaser

    Tbarchaser LawnSite Senior Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 449

    I will be up there for two weeks to visit with the in-laws, we drive from Florida every year (dec 22 to jan 2).

    Do you live in Lock Haven?
  5. lanceslawncare

    lanceslawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    yea actually i live in mill hall its a small town just outside of lock haven but theres no space between us to differentiate the two. i will be trying to get work in state college though i just had a friend tell me he is mowing about 2 acres of grass 3 times a month at a big name store in the college area and he is making $1600.00 a month plus he has the snow removal too.
  6. bmh1202

    bmh1202 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 63

    lance- welcome. I'm from Williamsport. The one thing down this way I've noticed is that there are alot of lowballers out there. I tend to specialize and target a specific client. I would imagine there is great potential in State College area. They are predicting that that area will become the 3rd largest metro area in the state in the next few years. Good luck, let me know if you have any questions.
  7. lanceslawncare

    lanceslawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    hi bmh nice to meet someone closer to hometown thanx for the offering to help if i have any questions. ill be sure to drop u a line if need be.
  8. PoconosRob

    PoconosRob LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    Just east of you in the Poconos. Im doing my research on starting a lawn care business of my own.We built a house out here almost 2 years ago.It took me almost 3 weeks of calling lawn care companies to get someone to even show up and give me an estimate! And that was after telling them on the phone that i didnt care what it cost! I just needed it cut!..hehe Speaking from a customers point of view, around here just getting someone to show up is the biggest problem ...and it isnt just lawn care companies...it has been common practice for me to make appointments with 3-4 companies before someone actually comes to the house( I.E. Electricians, plumbers, builders, etc) I should have known it was gonna be like this when i saw a work truck go by the house with a slogan under his business name that said "We show up!"hehehehe I see big potential for anyone in this area with good work ethic

  9. Tbarchaser

    Tbarchaser LawnSite Senior Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 449

    Lance I will be in McElhattan on sun Dec 21st thru jan 2nd. I'm bringing a 6.5x12 trailer up with me to add a side gate, gate assists,trimmer racks, ect. I will be doing all the work at my future Father in laws shop. (Condo's Inc. in Lockhaven). So if you see a Burgundy Durango with Florida tags thats me.
  10. lanceslawncare

    lanceslawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    ill keep an eye out buddy

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