Dec. 21 2020 08:01 AM

With these additions, Heritage now has more than 100 locations across the United States.

Heritage Landscape Supply Group Inc., McKinney, Texas, acquired Irrigation Station, a family-owned distributor of irrigation, outdoor lighting and other landscape products.

Headquartered in Houston, Irrigation Station was founded in 1987, and operates a second location in Oklahoma City. The Burtch family, alongside Irrigation Station’s entire sales and operations team, will lead the business going forward and Heritage will continue to operate these locations under the Irrigation Station name.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Burtch family and welcome the Irrigation Station team to the Heritage family,” says Matt McDermott, president of Heritage. “We have been eager to expand our footprint into the high-growth area of South Texas and Irrigation Station was at the top of our list as the preeminent platform in the market. We love partnering with family-led businesses that care deeply about their people and their customers. With several new branch openings already underway, we look forward to building on the combined strength of Heritage and Irrigation Station.”

“We are extremely excited to be joining the Heritage family and staying on as owners in the company going forward,” says Sam Burtch, owner of Irrigation Station. “We believe that this partnership is great for our customers, our suppliers, and will provide for even more growth and career opportunities for our employees going forward. We are proud of our history but are also thrilled about the growth and expansion opportunities ahead across Texas and Oklahoma.”

Heritage also acquired Reams Sprinkler Supply, a family-owned distributor of irrigation, outdoor lighting and other landscape products.

Headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska, Reams was founded in 1975 by the Bousquet family and is currently led by third generation family member, Bryce Bousquet. The company operates a network of eight branches across four states (Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and Missouri) and employs a team of more than 30 people. Bryce will continue to lead the company’s dedicated employee base under the Reams banner, ensuring continuity and consistency for customers and supplier partners.

“We are honored to welcome Reams to the Heritage family. With eight new locations, Heritage is now more than 100 locations strong across the United States,” says McDermott. “In Reams, we gain a confident team of strong industry veterans who share similar cultural and operating philosophies to our other Heritage partner companies. We are beyond excited to back Bryce and his great team to take Reams to the next level in the coming years.”

“We have closely followed the Heritage story since inception, but certainly were not a company that was for sale. As more of our friends joined the Heritage family of companies over the years, we listened to their story and vision and began to see ourselves as complementary partners for future growth,” says Bryce Bousquet, president of Reams. “We felt the timing today was paramount to ‘choose sides’ and partner with Heritage to accelerate the growth of our platform. I firmly believe that with Heritage’s resources, we have a unique opportunity to change our employees’ lives for the better. I look forward to contributing to the success of Heritage and building out the premier platform across the Midwest.”