Terracare Announces Acquisition of VMC Landscape

Terracare Associates, LLC, a leading outdoor maintenance company, announces the acquisition of VMC Landscape of Dallas, Texas. This transaction will combine decades of individual and collective expertise while continuing to provide customers with superior landscape and public infrastructure maintenance services and helping to improve outdoor environments across the Western United States.

OCT. 8, 2014 – Terracare Associates has acquired VMC Landscape of Dallas, Texas. With 65 combined years in business, the resulting organization will include an extremely seasoned management team and numerous long-term client partnerships. Terracare Associates and VMC Landscape are highly complementary with similar customer bases, including municipalities, corporations, retail, homeowners associations, institutions and special districts. In addition, both organizations share a culture of providing exceptional service to those clients.

“People are our most valuable asset and we will take advantage of working together, integrating our cultures and sharing best practices as we go forward,” says Dean Murphy President of Terracare Associates. “We are excited about expanding into a new market and partnering with the terrific people at VMC while doing so.”

Terracare Associates, LLC is now one of the top 25 commercial landscape maintenance companies in the United States, managing nearly 1,000 commercial and public projects in Colorado, California, Utah and Texas. “Our shared reputation for building customer relationships is built on a foundation of leadership, integrity, safety, concern for our communities and the environment,” says Murphy.

“We are fortunate to work with a professional and supportive group of financial partners, who believe in the Terracare family and have chosen to support our growth through continued investment.” Terracare is owned by Progress Equity Partners with additional financing provided by NBH Capital Finance, Harbert Mezzanine Partners and Patriot Capital.

VMC Landscape has operated successfully in the Greater Dallas area for more than 35 years and is led by Bruce Verdick and a strong and seasoned management team who will all remain in place post-closing.

Terracare Associates, LLC was established in 1985 as a single crew providing landscape maintenance services with a genuine commitment to customer loyalty. The company has now grown into an organization of more than 550 employees offering a broad range of service lines in multiple states.

Smart Irrigation Controllers – What Property Managers need to know

Property and facility managers have a lot to think about.  Finding innovative irrigation solutions that make business sense and at the same time help our environment can be a challenge.  Water, one of the increasingly precious resources is top of the list.  Continue reading “Smart Irrigation Controllers – What Property Managers need to know”

Terracare Associates Acquires Traffic Control Assets

Public_Works_Management2Terracare Associates, headquartered in Littleton, Colorado, is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of all assets of a traffic control company out of Sandy, Utah. Terracare also appointed of Mr. Loran Gillen, past owner of Gillen construction, as the Manager of Terracare Associates Utah operations. Continue reading “Terracare Associates Acquires Traffic Control Assets”

3 Ways to Grow Teamwork

Does teamwork increase productivityIMG_1333 and service quality? Professional teamwork can be defined as a group of employees whose members work together on a common goal using their positive synergy, individual and mutual accountability, and complementary skills.

Some companies force teamwork to improve production, but real teamwork is organic. The most productive teams are those that empower employees, build ownership in their actions and clearly communicate and understand outcomes. They simply create an environment to grow teamwork. Continue reading “3 Ways to Grow Teamwork”

Five Steps to Maximize Water Efficiency

Sprinkler with run off“Drought” is the scary word for municipalities, property and facility managers, especially in the Western United States due to its severity and the multi-year impact on regions.

The challenge is to create an aesthetically beautiful landscape while working with significant water restrictions and maximizing water efficiency. In 2014, California’s Governor Brown declared a statewide drought emergency asking all Californians to reduce their water use by 20%. Similar drought situations plagued Colorado and Utah in 2002 and 2012. Continue reading “Five Steps to Maximize Water Efficiency”

Experience is the Key to Public Private Partnerships

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Experience matters! Especially in the world of public private partnerships (P3’s)

Public Private Partnerships are a way for governments to collaborate with the private sector to share the risks and rewards involved in the construction and maintenance of public infrastructure projects. Since 1998, Terracare Associates has been at the forefront of public private partnerships, public works and city landscape maintenance services in the Western United States. And, the Public Infrastructure management team at Terracare, brings quite an extraordinary resume to every project with over 200 years of combined experience.

Experience is the Key to Public Private Partnerships

The leadership is comprised of seasoned individuals with a breadth and depth of public works experience, and the knowledge and tools to help clients with a wide variety of infrastructure projects. The combined backgrounds include decades working for the Colorado Department of Transportation, city management, and multiple industry certifications.

We are so fortunate to have such an impressive group of people working together, sharing knowledge and resources to best serve our customers,” says Justin Stewart, Vice President of the Public Infrastructure Division at Terracare.

Name Title Years Experience Certifications/Degrees
Thomas DeGaffe Project Manager 16 3
Antonio Deluna Project Manager 18 6
Greg Hayes Colorado Operations Manager 30 5
Tim Gowan ShopManager 16 15
Nick Madrid Asst Project Manager 35 6
Loran Gillen Utah Operations 29 11
Todd Rodriguez Project Manager 22 4
Justin Stewart Vice President 25 5
Bill Winfield Director of Operations 16 4
Jacque Wedding-Scott Strategic Partnerships 25 2
Totals 232 61

Every team member in our division contributes to our success. From our field personnel, and line supervisors to our project managers and our fleet management group, we are better together, sharing and caring about delivering quality performance every day” says Stewart.

Terracare Associates offers a wide variety of public works maintenance services including right-of-way mowing, all-inclusive roadway and roadside management, sign repair/replacement, concrete, traffic control, and snow removal on a citywide scale.

Submitted by Jacque Wedding-Scott, Terracare Associates Manager of Strategic Partnerships 

Stormwater Management: It’s our responsibility and more…

Water to drainWhy should we care about stormwater management? Originally, stormwater management involved primarily quantity of flow and now equally important is quality of water runoff. Since 1970’s, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) is responsible for managing runoffs in the United States.

The EPA utilize computerized mapping and models to best manage water runoff, erosion and pollution problems resulting from weather or other fresh water flow. Because of these regulations, municipalities, counties,  and the private sector strive to achieve compliance and more. Continue reading “Stormwater Management: It’s our responsibility and more…”

Greg Hayes – A leader in motion

Greg with truckWhat do race cars, a deputy, and mentor have in common? Greg Hayes – Colorado Operations Manager for the public infrastructure division at Terracare Associates. I had the pleasure to sit down with Greg Hayes to talk about his 30-year career with Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and his current position with us at Terracare. Continue reading “Greg Hayes – A leader in motion”

Ty Wilson Receives Landscape Certification Highest Status

Untitled-1PLANET, the national landscape industry trade association, announced that Ty Wilson, Branch Manager at Terracare Associates in Elk Grove, CA has earned the Landscape Industry Certified Technician designation and is now nationally certified. Continue reading “Ty Wilson Receives Landscape Certification Highest Status”