It’s that time of year again...the time of year where we take a moment and reflect on every contractor’s best friend: their truck. Across the country, landscape contractors invest a lot of time, money and energy into their tools and equipment, and that includes vehicles.
It’s a sunny afternoon in January. The popular Frank Loesser song swoons “Ah, but baby it’s cooooold outside,” softly in the background as you keep your toes warm by a roaring fire. Children are playing in the snow, bundled up, making a giant snowman, and there is talk of hot chocolate.
From his early childhood, growing up in northern Virginia, Chris Spain loved the outdoors. In high school, he ran track, but some of the most important lessons he learned in his youth was when he was a Boy Scout.
In a large swath of the country, the coming of fall and winter means
that annual chores need to get done before the weather turns bitter.
Storm windows are put up, snow tires are put on, outdoor furniture is
covered or put away.
When he was just eight years old, Don Caroleo would go to his father’s wholesale nursery every day after school, and on Saturdays and Sundays. It’s hard to believe that the now 27-year-old has been in the wholesale landscape and nursery business for almost 20 years. “My dad wanted to make sure that I understood the value of money. He taught me to keep a level head,” said Caroleo.
When Lowell Kaufhold started his first year of college, he got a job installing sprinklers so that he could support himself. Though he could not have imagined it then, this was where he would spend his entire career—in the landscape industry. Kaufhold, now 57, says, “It’s the only industry I’ve ever been in.
Competition among landscape contractors can be fierce. During
the bidding process, every conceivable advantage is precious, especially
where time and cost of labor are concerned. Investments in machinery
that can save on both can make all the difference between securing and
losing a bid.
Women in Landscaping
Women have certainly come a long way in the business and
professional worlds. Our next U.S. president might even be a woman. Even
so, the green industry is still pretty much a testosterone-filled
milieu. Because women in prominent roles in our
business are still the exception, it’s good to hear their stories once
in awhile. Here are two.
Monday, September 15, 2014 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO