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Wright Tree Service’s Tony Gadola Retires After 40 Years of Service

February 1, 2022

Wright Tree Service (WTS), an employee owned company specializing in utility vegetation management, announces the retirement of Tony Gadola, a division manager who ends his career with 40 years of service with the company. Gadola’s retirement was effective February 4, 2022. Gadola’s career with WTS began in 1982 as a groundworker, and later moved into […]


Afton Stanko Promoted to Division Manager for Wright Tree Service

January 27, 2022

Afton Stanko has been promoted to division manager for Wright Tree Service (WTS), an employee owned company specializing in utility vegetation management. Stanko, an active member of the Utility Arborist Association safety committee since 2017, has worked with WTS for 15 years. He started as a groundsperson, before being promoted to foreperson, general foreperson, division […]


Wright Tree Service Announces Series of Promotions in Midwest and Southeast Territories

January 27, 2022

Wright Tree Service (WTS), an employee owned company specializing in utility vegetation management, recently made a series of leadership promotions in its midwest and southeast territories. Rick Clendenny has been named regional manager over two divisional territories. Clendenny, who has been with WTS for more than 17 years, joined the company as a work planner […]


Wright Tree Service Gives Back To Remember and Honor Fallen Veterans

January 25, 2022

This past holiday season, Wright Tree Service (WTS) wanted to give back in a big way. We are passionate about our service men and women, and we wanted to do what we could to remember our fallen U.S. veterans and honor those who serve. That is why on December 18, 2021, members from our crews […]


The Vondal Legacy

December 8, 2021

It is a rare occasion to hear of someone working at the same company for their entire career, but for Doug Vondal that is exactly the case and has been for 43 years. Doug started with Wright Tree Service (WTS) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa at just 18 years of age and only seven weeks out […]


Nick Fox

Wright Tree Service Names Fox Vice President of Operations

April 15, 2021

Wright Tree Service (WTS), an employee owned company specializing in utility vegetation management, recently named Nick Fox as vice president of operations. Fox has over 20 years of experience working in the utility vegetation management industry. He is an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist, ISA Utility Specialist and Tree Risk Assessment Qualified. He […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]