June 15 2020 08:20 AM

This further expands the company’s landscape management division in the Pennsylvania market.

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Ruppert Landscape, Laytonsville, Maryland, acquired select assets of Outside Unlimited, further expanding the company’s landscape management division in the Pennsylvania market.

This agreement included the onboarding of team members from three branch operations and the purchase of numerous trucks, trailers and equipment. Two of the branches have been merged with Ruppert’s existing King of Prussia and Camp Hill operations, and the West Grove location has become the company’s 26th branch. The West Grove landscape management branch is a fully functional operation with the original team and leadership intact.

“Earlier this year, we were approached by the owner of Outside Unlimited, a Pennsylvania-based landscape maintenance company,” says Phil Key, president of Ruppert Landscape. “They were a long-time competitor of ours in that market, having opened at the same time that we opened our first Pennsylvania branch. But amidst the competition, there has always been a high level of respect for one another.”

“I first met Craig Ruppert in the early ’80s and have followed Ruppert Landscape and competed against them over the years,” says Jim Yannie, owner of Outside Unlimited. “When it became clear that I would need help to keep what my team had built going, I contacted them and worked closely with leadership to transition Outside Unlimited to the Ruppert team. I am grateful to now be part of a company I respect.”

Ruppert offered jobs to OU employees and has also offered their customers a continuation of their service agreements. Most of their customers have chosen to transfer their contracts over to Ruppert.

“For us, this was an opportunity to expand our footprint in the Pennsylvania market with a company that had a great customer base and strong team,” says Key. “Jim has been a great resource in organizing the transfer of assets, personnel and customers, and we are grateful for his ongoing partnership.”