Willow Grove, PA, May 6, 2003 — Asplundh Tree Expert Co., the international utility contractor based near Philadelphia, PA, is observing its 75th anniversary this year.
Three Asplundh brothers founded the company, known for its high-visibility fleet of orange trucks, in 1928 to provide tree pruning and removal services to electric and telephone utilities.
Among its earliest customers were Philadelphia Electric Company (now PECO Energy), Public Service Co. of New Jersey (now PSE&G), Jersey Central Power & Light Company (now FirstEnergy), Pennsylvania Power & Light Company and American Telephone & Telegraph (now AT&T).
Today, Asplundh’s operations have expanded geographically to provide vegetation management services to more than 900 utilities and government entities across the U.S. and Canada, and overseas in Australia and New Zealand. The scope of their operations has also expanded, offering many specialized services ranging from heavy construction to equipment leasing.
Asplundh’s tree pruning resources are a welcome sight in the wake of severe weather such as hurricanes and ice storms. Nearly every region in the U.S. and Canada has seen the caravans of work trucks and crews, drawn from all around the country, working alongside utility crews to help restore power.
Asplundh’s experience in clearing trees and brush from around live power lines has been recognized by utility companies as an important asset since the late 1930s when a series of devastating storms ravaged the east coast of the United States.
The family-owned company, now managed by its third generation, has developed a number of industry-accepted innovations over the years. In response to the need for greater safety and better productivity, Asplundh developed the first practical and safe brush chippers in 1949 and the first fully insulated aerial lifts to get workers into the trees more efficiently and safely.
Asplundh also initiated a joint research project to scientifically demonstrate the safe use of herbicides for vegetation control. This project, begun in the 1950s, remains active and continues to validate the proper use of herbicides.
With a workforce of 28,000 service professionals and a fleet of almost 34,000 pieces of specialized equipment and vehicles, Asplundh’s diversified operations have grown to include utility construction, right-of-way maintenance, vegetation management with herbicides, meter reading and installation, pole maintenance, street lighting and traffic signalization services, infrared inspection, underground utility locating, utility equipment rentals, One-Call center operations and more.
However, their core business remains true to the company’s full name: Asplundh Tree Expert Co. The pruning and removal of trees to help maintain reliable power continues as the vanguard of their operations.
For more information about Asplundh Tree Expert Co., please visit www.asplundh.com, or contact Corporate Communications, Asplundh Tree Expert Co., 708 Blair Mill Road, Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, 19090; 1-800-248-TREE; fax: 215-784-4493.