January 11 – Houston, Texas – On December 31, 2009, BIO Landscape & Maintenance, Inc. (BIO), a Yellowstone Landscape Group company, expanded its Texas presence through the acquisition of Texas Services, LTD. (Texas Services). Texas Services, a sustainable Tree Care focused Lawn Maintenance and Landscaping Company, is headquartered in Houston, Texas. They were founded in 1976 and currently provide services to Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas and the surrounding areas. Texas Services will now become the Tree Care Department of BIO Landscape & Maintenance, Inc.

Robert Taylor, President of BIO, said, “Texas Services will further expand BIO’s geographic footprint by adding a stationed office in the growing Sugarland area while allowing us to offer an expanded portfolio of sustainable services, including Tree Care, to all of Texas. Jim Sivils, Jeff Hanawalt and Robert Jaynes, who were prior owners of Texas Services, will join BIO’s management staff in key roles. We welcome Jim, Jeff and Robert to the organization and are excited about this expansion. Texas Services brings a team of ISA certified professionals invested in the Tree Care business with a focus in customer service. BIO is honored to partner with this respected Houston icon.”

Jim Sivils, the former majority partner of Texas Services, is the new Strategic Accounts Business Developer for BIO. Sivils commented on the acquisition, “We are excited to join an organization with the same culture and commitment to customer service, safety and employee development. When companies with the same objectives are integrated the opportunities for customer and employee success along with organic growth are a certainty. We are really impressed by the BIO/Yellowstone company structure and relationship, their team focused attitude, how most decisions are left in the operating company hands, the attention to customer needs versus company structure, and the additional benefits offered to Texas Services by becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of BIO. It is safe to say that the future of our company is much brighter and that our customers will continue to be placed first.”

With the addition of Texas Services, BIO now serves 15 counties with a combined workforce of 440 professionals throughout Central and Southeast Texas. The transaction marks the second addition to BIO in 2009. In October of 2009, BIO acquired Outdoor Environments; a Houston based commercial landscape maintenance company.

About BIO Landscape & Maintenance, Inc.

BIO, established in 1982, is a full service sustainable landscape contractor providing turnkey landscape services.  These services include landscape and irrigation installation, maintenance, tractor mowing, colorscaping, athletic fields, Tree Care and green programs.

A natural leader in the landscaping industry, BIO has established itself as a leading green advocate in the industry with its compost tea program, organic BIOLife fertilizer and propane powered maintenance equipment. BIO’s green capabilities were realized when it was chosen to install and maintain Shangri La Botanical Gardens, the first Platinum LEED certified job in the state of Texas.

BIO Landscape & Maintenance, Inc. is active in the community, with staff serving on a variety of philanthropic committees along with industry related groups including The Greater Houston Partnership and Texas Nursery and Landscape Association. Other industry affiliations are with Associated Builders & Contractors, Associated General Contractors, NAIOP, the Houston Apartment Association and the U.S. Green Building Council.

In April of 2008, BIO became a member of the Yellowstone Landscape Group, a national leading green and sustainable full service landscape management company.

About Yellowstone Landscape Group

Yellowstone Landscape Group, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is a national landscape leader dedicated to serving the growing demands of the commercial, municipal, institutional, resort, multi-family and estate markets by offering a comprehensive service solution of green and sustainable practices with an emphasis on protecting, enhancing and increasing property values in a variety of geographic locations.  Yellowstone currently serves customers in Georgia, Texas, Virginia, Tennessee, South Carolina and Florida with expansion plans already in place to increase its geographic footprint.  By delivering best-in class horticultural and business practices, a highly skilled workforce, value-added pricing strategy and the scales of scope and efficiency, the Yellowstone Landscape Group provides its customers with a premium comprehensive service offering.

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