Landscape Workshop Acquires Gro’s Landscaping Business

gro_logoLandscape Workshop recently completed the acquisition of Gro’s landscape maintenance contracts. Landscape Workshop is fully committed to providing high quality service and proactive management to all existing and new customers while exceeding expectations and creating “uncommon outdoor spaces” for additional customers throughout its footprint. Landscape Workshop is looking forward to expanding its presence in Birmingham and throughout the Southeast by its acquisition of Gro’s landscape business.

The sale of Gro’s landscaping business was a part of a strategic re-alignment of the business of StoneRiver Company, Gro’s ultimate parent company, and StoneRiver’s increased focus on its real estate acquisition, development and management activities. StoneRiver currently owns and/or manages real estate assets in 11 different states.

Gro was initially formed by StoneRiver to perform landscape services predominantly on StoneRiver properties. However, over the last 5 years, Gro significantly increased its presence in the Birmingham market and performed quality landscape maintenance and installation services for numerous apartment complexes, retailers, office complexes and property management firms in the metro area. According to Joseph Welden, StoneRiver’s President, “a primary goal of StoneRiver in the divestiture of Gro’s landscape business was finding a company that shares its focus on delivering high quality landscape services for its customers.” As such, Landscape Workshop was selected, in large part, for its outstanding reputation and its over 30-year record of professionalism and client satisfaction.

Ardell Halston is Birmingham’s Finest

danny-mckinneyMcKinney Capital’s own Ardell Halston, Talent Acquisition Associate, has been named one of Birmingham’s Finest by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Ardell will be honored at a special event recognizing outstanding young professionals for their contributions to their profession and the Birmingham community. Ardell has committed to raising funds to continue cystic fibrosis (CF) research and to further the Foundation’s mission. To sponsor Ardell’s efforts in supporting the CF Foundation or to purchase tickets to the event in November, click here.

Members and supporters of the CF Foundation surprised Ardell with the announcement of the distinction at our office in August. The announcement was celebrated by team members of McKinney Capital’s family of companies with cake and ice cream. Please join us in congratulating Ardell on this recognition as he helps support the cause of the CF Foundation.

ardell--postThe mission of the CF Foundation is to cure CF and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment, and ensuring access to high-quality specialized care. The CF Foundation is the world’s leader in the search for a cure for CF, and nearly every CF-specific drug available today was made possible with the support of the Foundation. For more information on CF and the CF Foundation, visit

New Team Member | Sara Litwin

sui_careerswebsite_blog_peoplemachine_saralitwin_400x600Satellites Unlimited is proud to welcome Sara Litwin as Human Resources Manager. Sara will be responsible for recommending corporate policies related to employee relations, safety, employee services, and performance management across SUI. Sara will also manage the maintenance of employee records to ensure compliance with an emphasis on new hire documentation. Sara received her Bachelor’s Degree from Georgia State University and earned her Master’s Degree in Higher Education and Human Resource Development from Florida State University. Read more from the Birmingham Business Journal here.

New Team Member | Josh Meeks

sui_joshmeeks_400x600Josh Meeks joins SUI as Vice President of Finance. In this position, Josh will be responsible for the accounting operations of SUI, including the production of financial reports and maintaining records, controls, and budgets to mitigate risk, enhance accuracy of reports, and ensure compliance with financial standards. Josh earned his BS in Accounting and his MBA from Auburn University. Read more from the Birmingham Business Journal here.

The Top 1% of Landscape Companies | LM150 List

LM150_2014-whiteLandscape Workshop is proud to announce our inclusion in Landscape Management’s 2016 LM150 list of the nation’s largest landscaping companies. Landscape Management’s annual list is ranked by the previous year’s revenue and represents the top 1% of landscape industry companies.  Landscape Workshop ranked No. 61 on the list with $25.8 million in 2015 annual revenue and moved up 10 spots compared to last year’s LM150 ranking.

“We continue to move forward due to the fact that we have great people working for us who strive to provide a professional customer experience for every single one of our customers,” said Landscape Workshop’s Vice President of Operations, Paul Young. “I am so proud of them for that reason and because they make that their number one priority every day.”

The landscape industry’s largest 150 revenue-generating firms logged a combined $9.3 billion in 2015 annual revenue—a 10% increase from last year’s list. Overall, LM150 companies averaged a 16% growth rate from 2014 to 2015.

“Congratulations to Landscape Workshop and all the companies on this year’s LM150 list,” said Marisa Palmieri, editor of Landscape Management. “The firms on this list represent the top 1% of the landscape industry. It’s an honor to be among them.”

To view the full list of companies that made the 2016 LM150 list, click here.