Fleet Speak: Safety & Fleet Working in Tandem
Heavy-duty locking devices
Our fleet and safety teams are a partnership. We need to have our eyes on both things in order to keep our vehicles and equipment in the best working order and our people safe
Coach’s Corner: Turf Renovation
Turf renovation is a process that does not typically take place until late summer or early fall. However, mid-summer is the time to start taking proactive steps to get the best return on your investment and increase the chances of having good germination and development of the newly seeded grasses come fall.
Safety Spotlight: Ticks and the Powassan Virus
Tick Removal. SourceL CDC Website
Each summer, we remind our field personnel to be aware of an increased presence of pests like mosquitos, bees and ticks. Many of us are familiar with taking precautions against ticks due to the risk of exposure to Lyme disease. But this year we are facing yet another threat with tick exposure known as the Powassan virus (POW).
IT Update: Updating our Email Retention Policy
Number of email users
As we continue to grow, both in number of employees and our use of electronic systems, our data storage needs also grow. Therefore, we will be revising our email retention plan in the near future as part of a larger document policy review, with the goal of finding a more efficient way to choose which data is archived and for how long.
Coca-Cola Headquarters Wins Grand Prize in L. M. Scofield Co. Decorative Concrete Awards
Coca Cola Headquarters
Our Georgia landscape construction team was recently recognized for their work on Coca-Cola Headquarters in Atlanta and received a Grand Prize in the Integral Concrete category of the L. M. Scofield Co. 9th annual Decorative Concrete Awards. The awards were featured in the April edition of Concrete Decor Magazine...
Pride in our Progress
Kim Gasper presenting at MDD 2017
Over the years, we’ve spent a lot of time and energy focused on how to tweak what we do to improve our service and systems, but this year’s Management Development Days (MDD) theme, “Pride in our Progress,” reminded us that we have many accomplishments to be proud of and that we continue to make great strides as a team. At this year’s annual two-day training event, we were able to bring over 500 employees from all 20 branches together to celebrate accomplishments, learn from one another and grow together as a company.
IT Update: Have you Submitted a KACE Ticket for That?
Submitting a KACE Ticket
Ruppert is growing faster than ever before and the scale/ nature of IT support is following closely along. In 2015, the IT team realized the traditional way of help desk support—via phone calls, emails, sticky notes, and desk “drive-byes”—was no longer an efficient or organized way to manage IT support for the company. We decided to leverage the additional capabilities of a system we’d had in place since 2011 (Dell KACE K1000 Systems Management Appliance) to allow us to better organize and track our efforts around end-user support.
Safety Spotlight: Safety Keeps Us Growing (Mowing)
Mowing Safety
Mower accidents result in more than 55,000 injuries annually and some 75 people die from their injuries, according to the American Orthopedic and Foot Society. A large portion of the injuries involves loss of toes or part of the foot. Most mower accidents occur on slopes when the ground is damp or there is poor visibility. Use these tips to ensure that you and your team members remain as safe as possible when operating a mower.
Fleet Speak: Pad Maintenance
Air intake before and after cleaning
Our shop teams support the branches in many capacities. At the core, our goal is to train, maintain and repair. One of the key things that we train field operators on is pad maintenance for mowing and two-cycle equipment (aptly named after the concrete pad adjoining the shop facility where small equipment maintenance is performed). Standard pad maintenance consists of sharpening blades, greasing, pressure washing, removing debris buildup under the deck, and checking all safety devices.
Coach's Corner: Quality Details
Jimmy Watson Presenting
During one of our MDD maintenance breakout sessions, we took a new twist on the traditional “Devil in the Details” quality training course. In an effort to make the classroom training more interactive and fun, we challenged each branch to come up with three examples of before-and-after shots displaying horticultural details addressed during spring operations...They were each given 10 minutes to present in front of their peers and were graded by a panel of managers.


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