SAN ANTONIO & CHICAGO– Chicago-based The Millard Group, a national leader in the janitorial services industry, announced today that it has acquired Preferred Landscape and Lighting of San Antonio, Texas. The two companies have complementary customer bases and service niches, and with the addition of Preferred’s capabilities to its core business offering, The Millard Group will integrate services in both horizontal and vertical platforms to strategically grow its business. Preferred will maintain its headquarters in Boerne, and there will be no staff or leadership changes.

Preferred Landscape and Lighting employs 80 people and is well-recognized throughout Texas for its commercial landscape maintenance, lighting and holiday decorating services. The Millard Group provides janitorial, window cleaning, and architectural metal and stone maintenance services to commercial clients throughout the US.

“As we look to strategically expand our business, the growth platform afforded to us with Preferred is very exciting,” commented The Millard Group’s CEO, Larry Kugler. “We look forward to offering our current clients enhanced services in commercial building maintenance, and growing our business in the landscape, lighting and decoration arena.”

David Dunne, Preferred Landscape’s CEO offered additional thoughts, saying, “The opportunity to join forces with a nationally-recognized company like Millard leverages Preferred’s growth potential and enhances our ability to service our customers.”

Preferred Landscape and Lighting provides a variety of outdoor services to businesses in Texas and was founded in 1995. Preferred has been honored as a 2011 Fast Track Company by the San Antonio Business Journal as well as by Inc. Magazine’s 5000 fastest growing companies, and with the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Leadership award.

Founded in 1915, The Millard Group is a family-owned business with a long history of leadership in the building maintenance industry. The Millard Group offers a full spectrum of janitorial, window cleaning, and architectural metal and stone maintenance services to clients coast to coast. The organization’s customer base includes commercial and industrial real estate buildings, residential properties, educational and banking institutions, health care facilities, regional shopping centers and strip malls. Millard employs 4,000 people and serves over 1,000 clients in 30 states.

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