Greater Texas Landscapes signed a strategic alliance with Environmental Earthscapes (The Groundskeeper) of Tucson, Ariz., a 100-percent employee owned (ESOP) landscape firm.

Austin-based Greater Texas Landscapes was founded in 1981 by Deborah E. Cole, TCLP, CCLP.  GTL provides commercial landscape management and irrigation services as well as high end installation throughout central Texas.  Greater Texas Landscapes has developed a network of valued relationships in the office, retail, industrial, facility, multi-family and homeowner association markets.  GTL has made its mark emphasizing high quality and high touch service on all of its sites.

The Groundskeeper with branches in Tucson, Phoenix, Albuquerque, Reno, Las Vegas and St. George is a commercial landscape management and installation firm that prides itself on being an employee and customer focused service firm.  The executive management team has nearly 100 years of combined service at The Groundskeeper and promotes an environment of commitment to employees as well as their customer base.

“We have shared best practices with The Groundskeeper for over 15 years,” says GTL President Deborah Cole. “I have always valued my professional relationship with the executives and managers of this highly respected landscape firm. When conversations on ESOP turned to how we could join forces to mutually benefit our employees and customers, it was a no brainer. I have admired the quality of the work, the ethics and integrity of this regional firm for many years. It was quite an honor to be invited to participate in the ESOP and allow our hard working employees to be a part of the ownership of the GTL and TGK alliance.”

“We will continue to share best practices and enjoy benefits of the relationship turned partnership,” says Cole.  “Not only will our employees become owners in a business they have helped to build over the years, but we will be able to share the best of both worlds.”

This symbiotic relationship is designed to enhance the vison of becoming the most respected and most admired landscape firm in the country.

The Groundskeeper will be partnering with Greater Texas Landscapes, Inc. in Texas to provide support and resources for large projects and contracts.

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