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Workforce Keeps The Davey Tree Expert Company Thriving in Ohio

At 140 years old, the largest employee-owned company in Ohio will expand its headquarters

Tue May 26 2020

Company Name: The Davey Tree Expert Company
Location: Kent
Industry Sector: Headquarters
Company Profile: The Davey Tree Expert Company provides research-driven tree services, grounds maintenance and environmental solutions for residential, utility, commercial and environmental partners across North America. As one of the largest employee-owned companies in the U.S., Davey Tree has been dedicated to creating and delivering sustainable solutions for 140 years.
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Project Summary:

Type of Project: Expansion


  • Jobs committed: 70
  • Jobs retained: 406

Capital Investment: $12,500,000

Company Need:

Davey Tree is the largest employee-owned company in Ohio. Increased interest from clients compelled the company to look to growth opportunities and with more than 140 years in the state, the company sought to expand its operations here.


“Davey Tree has been proud to call Kent home for more than 140 years. Over the years, we have made a deliberate choice to not only maintain, but to significantly grow our presence here in Kent, and it’s because we value the collaboration and partnerships within our community. Our employee-owners are very committed to Kent, and we are deeply embedded in this community. Whether it’s participating in volunteer programs, serving on community boards or living in Kent’s neighborhoods, we are all in.” - Pat Covey, chairman, president and CEO, Davey Tree

Why Ohio?

Davey Tree decision-makers cited Ohio’s quality workforce as a primary reason to continue expansion in Kent. The company plans to grow its headquarters in Kent, adding 70 new jobs. The company also will add a 38,000-square-foot addition to its corporate campus in Kent.

The city of Kent and JobsOhio provided support to Davey Tree for its upcoming investment.


Team NEO, the city of Kent, Portage Development Board and JobsOhio

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