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Safety and Training Find Common Ground

May 26, 2020

By Codie Anderson, Safety Manager of WTSCA It has been almost a year since ArborCare joined the Wright Tree Service (WTS) family in May of 2019. In that time, we have seen how remarkably similar tree work (and tree workers) in the United States and Canada can be. Stories shared from both sides of the […]

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From the Treetop: Company and Personal Growth

May 20, 2020

By Greg Williams, Regional Manager As I begin my 25th year as part of the team at WTS, I have been thinking about the changes I’ve seen in our company and the industry over the last quarter century. I began my career as a groundman on a manual crew in Kansas with no realization of […]

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Wright Tree Service Acquires Flory Backhoe, Inc. Assets Adding New Services in the Midwest

April 6, 2020

Wright Tree Service, an employee-owned company specializing in utility vegetation management, expanded their services in the Midwest after acquiring the assets of Flory Backhoe, Inc., a Kansas-based excavation company founded in 1999. With this transition, Wright Tree Service will begin offering additional services in the Midwest including; Right-of-Way preparation and restoration, utility installation in housing […]

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Worker Retention & Turnover

March 26, 2020

By Will Nutter, President and COO Worker recruitment and retention have been some of the most talked about topics in the industry over the past several years. There have been presentations, panel discussions, articles and more centered on this topic and how to fix it. Personally, I have had a multitude of discussions about worker […]

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Training Tools Spotlight: Safety During Storm Work

November 5, 2019

By Jim Engelke, General Foreman I started working for WTS in 1979 during a recession, which meant if I wanted to work I had to be open to change. In 13 months, I moved to five different states; Iowa, Wisconsin, New Mexico, South Dakota and Minnesota. I have worked as a groundman, trimmer, foreman and […]

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From the Treetop: Internationalization of Wright Tree Service

October 15, 2019

By Jesus Vetencourt, Vice President of Canadian Operations O Canada! This year marks the start of the internationalization of Wright Tree Service (WTS). On May 24, 2019, we started offering our services in the Canadian market when our company completed the acquisition of ArborCare Tree Service, a vegetation management and tree care services company founded […]

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Building Company Culture with Human Resources & Marketing

September 1, 2019

By Katie Long, HR Recruiter & Katie Moehn, Senior Marketing and Communications Specialist A recruiter’s dream is finding the answer to the question, “How did you hear about us?” In today’s economy, with the lowest unemployment rate in decades (according to the U.S. Labor Department), we have more jobs available than we have people to […]

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Wright Tree Service Acquires Calgary-based ArborCare Tree Service

May 24, 2019

Wright Tree Service, an employee owned vegetation management company serving utility companies, announced the acquisition of ArborCare Tree Service, a tree service in Canada based out of Calgary, Alberta. Wright Tree Service, founded in 1933 with the corporate headquarters based out of Des Moines, Iowa, provides integrated vegetation management, storm restoration and work planning services to […]

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Saluting Branches

March 1, 2019

By Ken Venzke, Division Manager In early May 2018, Will Nutter, president and COO of Wright Tree Service (WTS), contacted the management team to inform us of an organization called Saluting Branches. I can speak for myself and members of Division 25 in saying that we hadn’t heard of it. Saluting Branches is a nonprofit […]

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From the Treetop: Tree Climbing Competitions

January 26, 2019

By Adam Larson, Regional Manager I was first introduced to the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)’s International Tree Climbing Championship (ITCC) in 2002 in Minnesota. I attended as an observer and remember being surprised and overwhelmed at the knowledge, gear, speed and talent displayed at the event. Climbers flew up the trees, moving safely and […]

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