LAYTONSVILLE, MD - Ruppert Landscape has expanded its Virginia operations to include a new branch in Lorton, VA and has promoted David Keffer to the position of Branch Manager to run the branch.
“The Northern Virginia market is a vibrant area with a lot of great customers,” said Phil Key, vice president and director of the landscape management division. “We are fortunate in this down market to be in a position to expand with a new branch and provide growth opportunity for our employees.”
This branch, which services the areas of Woodbridge, Alexandria, Arlington, Crystal City, Tysons Corner and parts of Fairfax, joins 14 existing branch offices that are located in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Georgia and North Carolina, supporting both the landscape construction and landscape management divisions of the company. Key describes the opening of the Lorton branch, which was started as a satellite operation over a year ago, as right in line with the company’s five-year plan.
“Every time we grow in the markets we serve, it gives us more density, which means less travel time to our jobs,” said Key. “This provides more value for our customers, which in turn, perpetuates more growth.”
The branch will be managed by David Keffer, who has been with the Ruppert organization serving in the position of area manager in both the Gainesville, VA branch and the Lorton satellite operation. Keffer has been described by Key as having been instrumental in cultivating vital customer relationships that now anchor the Lorton branch. “The promotion of David Keffer to branch manager in Lorton gave us the continuity we desired for our customers as David had been a leader in that market and essentially managed all of the branch’s work already,” noted Key. “He really helped build this branch from the ground up, including finding the location for the facility when it was introduced as a satellite operation, establishing our presence in the market through strong customer service and attention to detail, and building a strong and dedicated team.”
Keffer has more than 25 years of industry experience and in 2008 was recognized with Ruppert’s Branch Impact Award for his outstanding dedication and contributions made in the Gainesville Landscape Management Branch. In his role as branch manager, he will continue to develop the Lorton branch with philosophies that are consistent with the Ruppert mission, which is to provide high-quality landscaping to our customers while building an organization where the employees play a leadership role and are proud of where they work.