March 22 2021 08:10 AM

The move grows Davey’s footprint in Southeast Nashville and Northern Milwaukee.

The Davey Tree Expert Company, Kent, Ohio, has expanded within two U.S. residential tree care market areas.

In Tennessee, Davey has acquired certain assets of AJ’s Tree Service Inc. The firm provides residential and commercial tree care services to the region Southeast of Nashville. The firm has six employees, all of whom will continue employment at Davey’s new Southeast Nashville office. AJ’s owner Matthew Bratton will stay on as a sales arborist.

“We are excited to welcome Matthew and his talented team into the Davey family,” says Keith Francies, operations manager, residential and commercial services. “The team at AJ’s has done tremendous work in the Nashville community and earned a reputation for high-quality service. AJ’s clients can continue to expect excellent service and will benefit from additional resources Davey offers.”

Davey is also expanding residential and commercial services in Wisconsin, with the establishment of its new Northern Milwaukee office. The new office will be led by Justin Bence. Bence started his career with Davey in 2009 at the North Chicago office and worked as a foreman first at the Wheeling office and then the North Chicago office until 2013. After transferring to the South Minneapolis office as a crew leader, Bence was promoted to sales arborist and then assistant district manager. Since 2015 he has served as district manager of the North Minneapolis office.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Justin and his team as we expand a growing market in Wisconsin,” says Brian O’Niel, market manager, residential and commercial services, North Central operations. “At Davey, our priority is always to deliver a safe and excellent quality client experience. Our new office in Milwaukee will allow us to meet the area’s growing demand from current and new clients.”

Bence is an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist and a 2012 graduate of the Davey Institute of Tree Sciences, Davey’s flagship training program in biological sciences, safety, tree and plant care and management techniques.