Centre Partners, a leading middle market private equity firm with offices in New York and Los Angeles, partnered with independent sponsor LP First Capital to form United Land Services Holdings LLC, a platform to build a landscape services provider in the Southeast. United Land Services has completed its first five acquisitions: United Landscapes, Blandford Turf, Tree World, O’Hara and River Region Sports Fields. Terms of the transactions were not disclosed.
Headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, United Land Services is a commercial and residential landscape services platform serving a range of national and local customers throughout the Southeast. The company provides a suite of services, including landscape design and installation, commercial property maintenance, sod installation, tree/plant nursery and other specialty services. With the completion of its first five acquisitions, United Land Services has established a presence across several of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the Southeast, including Jacksonville, Orlando and Port. St. Lucie, Florida, and Birmingham and Montgomery, Alabama.
Bob Blandford, founder of United Landscapes and Blandford Turf, and a veteran landscape operator with more than 20 years of experience in the industry, will serve as CEO of United Land Services.
“Centre is excited to partner with LPFC, Bob Blandford and the United Land Services team,” says Jeff Bartoli, a partner of Centre Partners. “The company is well-positioned to capitalize on favorable industry tailwinds driving increased demand for landscaping services in the Southeast. We look forward to expanding the platform through strategic acquisitions across the region.”
“Centre is an excellent partner for United Land Services given its long track record of successfully collaborating with founders and entrepreneurs to scale their businesses,” says Blandford. “Centre and LPFC’s financial and strategic resources will enable us to accelerate our growth trajectory, expand our service capabilities and strengthen our market leadership, allowing us to better serve our customers.”
“We are thrilled to partner with Centre and Bob to execute United Land Service’s multi-faceted growth strategy and build on the strong foundation Bob and his team have established,” says Thomas Ince, founder of LPFC. “Bob’s passion, strategic vision and commitment will be instrumental as we scale the business and build the leading landscaping services platform in the Southeast.”