Residential division of John Lucas Tree Expert Co. joins Davey

The third-generation family business started in 1926 and employs 550 people.

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January 11, 2022

The Davey Tree Expert Company is announcing the addition of the residential division of John Lucas Tree Expert Co. of Portland, Maine.

Lucas Tree Experts is a third-generation family business that opened in 1926 in Bangor, Maine. The company is currently headquartered in Falmouth, Maine, and employs 550 people across all of its service lines. The majority of its business involves providing vegetation management services to utilities along the eastern seaboard stretching from Nova Scotia, Canada, to South Carolina. 

In 1982, Lucas Tree Experts developed the residential tree and plant health care division, which will now operate under Davey Tree. This division provides residential and commercial tree services, plant heath care and lawn care in Portland, Maine, and the surrounding area. The residential division employs over a dozen employees who will all be joining the Davey Tree team. 

In 2021, Davey Tree landed third on our annual Top 100 List, while Lucas Tree Experts was 33rd.

“With Davey Tree being one of the oldest, largest and most respected tree service companies in the nation, we are confident it will be an excellent steward to our customers and provide new career opportunities for our talented team of arborists and technicians,” said Arthur Batson Jr., president of Lucas Tree Experts. “Davey Tree is also the 8th largest employee-owned company in the U.S., which will be a big advantage to our residential employees and their futures.

“Davey Tree takes a similar science-based approach to tree and plant health care as we do at Lucas Tree Experts, as well as its employee and customer first culture that we’re passionate about as well, so the partnership will be a fitting transition,” he added.

“Davey and Lucas have had a long-term relationship with each other, so adding the experts from Lucas is like welcoming our close friends to the team,” said Pat Covey, chairman, president and CEO of Davey Tree. “The employees from Lucas Tree Experts will now have opportunities to advance in their career through promotions and be able to take advantage of Davey’s extensive training and educational resources. Lucas’ clients will also be able to tap into our Davey Institute, which houses our diagnostic laboratory and team of scientists. This change is good for both the clients and the employees.”

Lucas Tree Experts is also actively involved in the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), as is Davey.