Ruppert Landscape, Inc., Laytonsville, Maryland, announced the acquisition of A R Star Services, a Maryland-based landscape company. The transaction includes the purchase of selected commercial landscape management contracts, trucks and equipment. The commercial clients are primarily based in northern Baltimore County.

“A R Star’s current book of business aligns geographically in the areas where we’d like to expand and add new customers,” said Phil Key, president of Ruppert Landscape.  “Adding this second location in the Baltimore market places us in closer proximity to many of our customers, and therefore in a better position to service them.”

Through the acquisition, Ruppert hopes to expand its services offered in the market, providing parking garage, street and parking lot sweeping for interested customers. A R Star has been doing business in the Baltimore area for more than thirty years.

<>“I’ve always been a very hands-on owner,” said Bob McElwain, owner of A R Star. “When I decided it was time to transition out of my business, Ruppert was the only company I considered approaching, knowing that they would carry my business forward in a way consistent with how I operated for three decades.”  McElwain will stay involved as a part-time consultant over the next six months to ensure a seamless transition with his company’s very loyal customer base.