09 Aug HeartLand Adds Two Firms and New Markets to Its Portfolio
HeartLand, LLC, a Kansas City-based commercial landscape management firm recently added Hillenmeyer Landscape Services of Lexington, KY and JML Landscape Management of Pittsburgh, PA to its growing portfolio. Other operating companies already under the HeartLand umbrella include Signature Landscape in Kansas City, KS, Columbia Landcare in Columbia, MO and Keesen Landscape in Denver, CO. HeartLand is a Great Range Capital portfolio company.
By taking a progressive approach to building relationships and delivering exceptional service, HeartLand’s leaders operate with a shared vision of excellence—combining best practices and the right tools for the job with ongoing training and support. Their operating companies are the first choice for employees and for clients in the markets they serve. Each company’s heritage is preserved and its culture enhanced through HeartLand’s focus on employee development and client service, while back-office services are consolidated and streamlined.
Hillenmeyer celebrated its 175th anniversary in 2016 and is a multigenerational business that began in the 1840s as a fruit tree nursery and ultimately grew into a diversified horticultural business, including a commercial landscape division. Sixth-generation Chase Hillenmeyer joined the family enterprise in 2007 and in 2016 took the leadership reins of the business from his father; Chase began thoughtfully making progressive improvements, which positioned the company for its next evolution.
Continued growth serving Lexington’s magnificent horse farms and commercial clients pointed to creating a separate identity for Hillenmeyer’s commercial landscape division. “The company’s leaders understood that to move Hillenmeyer forward, additional resources, training and capital would be necessary for strategic development. A focused search led them to HeartLand and we connected right away” says Edward Schatz, Jr., HeartLand’s CEO and founder. “When exploring who to partner with, it became obvious to us that the HeartLand leadership team consisted of industry professionals and were also genuine in how they cared about our company culture,” commented Stephen Hillenmeyer, Chase’s father and the company’s 5th generation leader.
Aside from giving the commercial landscape division a distinct and enhanced identity as Hillenmeyer Landscape Services, their strong brand legacy and exceptional service approach for horse farm and commercial clients continue unaltered in Lexington, with an eye to opening new markets.
About JML Landscape Management
JML Landscape Management is a commercial landscape management business with roots dating back nearly 40 years. Their high standards, sense of urgency and vibrant culture have facilitated growth and positioned JML as the greater Pittsburgh area’s leading landscape firm.
JML provides full scope grounds maintenance, landscape and enhancements and winter services for clients from four branch locations bracketing the Pittsburgh Metro. Through its team of professional Client Relationship Managers, JML’s services are highly responsive and adaptive to client expectations.
Joseph Meinert, the son of JML’s founder, had this to say: “JML is client-driven. It’s simple, but I think it encapsulates us. That’s what my dad was always aiming for; make the client happy. We’re able to do that because we have dedicated Client Relations Managers – who happen to be the best in Pittsburgh and who enable us to service our properties to a higher quality.”
JML’s growth and success are a reflection of their culture and service-oriented approach. You can see the results across Pittsburgh in community associations, retirement communities, at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, office and industrial parks, corporate campuses, public spaces, and more. “We are very excited to have the Hillenmeyer and JML companies join the HeartLand team,” says Ryan Sprott, managing partner, Great Range Capital. “Their cultures, experienced professionals, and focus on building client relationships make both businesses a perfect fit for HeartLand.”
About Great Range Capital
Great Range Capital is a private equity firm based in greater Kansas City that primarily targets controlling equity investments in companies with revenues ranging from $10 to $150 million and which are based in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Great Range Capital partnered with Ed Schatz to form HeartLand in 2016 and pursue targeted growth in the commercial landscaping industry across the Central United States. Learn more at www.greatrangecapital.com.