Ruppert Landscape announced the acquisition of Classic Landscaping, a grounds management company headquartered in Frederick, Md., with a second location in Camp Hill, Pa.
“Similar to Ruppert in many respects, Classic is a local, family owned landscaping business that prioritizes the treatment of their team, customers, and community over any short-term objectives,” said Ruppert Landscape president, Phil Key. “They have built an excellent reputation and provided top-notch delivery of service over the past 40 years in the Frederick and Cumberland County markets.”
“Also similar to Ruppert, and somewhat unique in our industry, Classic is focused on owning and maintaining first-class facilities from which to operate their business,” Key continued. “The alignment of values and operational focus between the two organizations has given us confidence that this will be a good fit.”
The transaction includes the purchase of both Classic facilities, all commercial landscape management contracts, vehicles and equipment, and the hiring of more than 50 employees. Ruppert relocated its Frederick team from the current rented facility to join Classic’s team in their owned facility. The Camp Hill branch will join Ruppert’s two existing Pennsylvania landscape management operations located in Toughkenamon and King of Prussia.
“Ruppert is committed to retaining Classic’s entire team and all of their commercial landscape maintenance contracts,” said Tom Barry, president of Ruppert’s landscape management division. “This acquisition allows us to strengthen our Frederick team to better serve our customers and expand our service coverage in Pennsylvania.”
Classic Landscaping has been doing business in central Maryland since 1979 and was founded by Scott Hall. When Scott passed away unexpectedly a little over a year ago, his widow, Sandie, continued to manage the business with the support of friends and family. Her goal became to transition the business to new ownership in a manner that honors Scott’s legacy by ensuring the continuation of their commitment to their employees, the community, the customers, and partners they have done business with over the past four decades.
“As we contemplated the future of the business and began looking for a buyer, we focused on three objectives: we wanted to find a company whose vision and values were in line with my husband’s; a place where our people would want to continue working and which would provide them with new opportunities and challenges; and leaders who saw the value that I see in our talented team and our company that we’ve worked so hard to build over the last 40 years,” said Sandie Hall. “I feel that we’ve found all this in Ruppert and I feel confident entrusting our employees and customers to them.”
Ruppert Landscape, a family and employee-owned business, provides commercial landscape construction and management with 23 branches serving eight primary markets in Philadelphia, Baltimore, D.C., Richmond, Raleigh, Charlotte, Atlanta and Houston.