Business Spotlight: Tree Care Inc.
Tree Care Inc. has served Louisville for more than 20 years, and their offerings got even better in the last year and a half with the addition of the TB 900 Pezzolato Firewood Processor. The state of the art wood processor is completely computerized and made its way to Louisville via Turin, Italy.
“The machine is one of a kind in the United States that has no competition,” says Tree Care Owner Ed Hager, who has more than 30 years of experience in the industry. “It is a very efficient wood processor, perfect for mass volumes of firewood.”
Hager traveled to Turin to meet with the owner of the factory, which sits below the Alps in Italy, twice before making the decision to purchase the machine, a $600,000 investment. The machine had to be shipped over in containers and needed several cranes to assemble when it arrived in Louisville nearly two years ago. An engineer from the plant in Turin came to Louisville for a week to help with assembly and make sure the machine was in perfect operating order.
“It has taken the last 18 months to get everything running smoothly like it is now,” Hager says. “There was a lot of trial and error.”
During the wood splitting process, the operator places a whole log on the conveyor belt, then programs the computer to cut the log to precise specifications. Electric motors inside the machine cut the log like butter. The speed dictates the size of the sections of wood to be cut, that are dumped out the end and into a truck, ready for distribution.
Hager and his team had to get fully trained on the workings of the TB 900, and it took a while to work out the kinks.
The investment of both time and money seems to be worth it, though, as Tree Care Inc. is the leading firewood provider for Jefferson County.
Hager and his team aim to provide quality work at reasonable pricing with premium results across all of their projects.
“We’re family owned and oriented, and some of my employees have been with me since the beginning,” Hager says. “We treat our customers like family, too. New and old customers have told us how friendly and laid back we are to work with.”
Tree Care can help with small projects like cutting limbs from trees, all the way up to larger projects like removing a tree. No matter the scale of the project, their experienced team will keep you informed along the way and offer a fair price.
Outdoor services offered by Tree Care include tree pruning, tree removal, tree care and fertilization, stump grinding, mulch installation, hedge trimming, tree and shrub installation, aggregate rock garden installation and more. Their talented professionals will work with you to craft your dream landscape and make it come to life.
Their beautiful 16-acre facility, located at 13319 Aiken Road in Middletown, is open to the public seven days a week from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Tree Care manufactures their own mulch on site and has an expansive collection of trees and flowers for sale. There is also a stone yard on site to round out your landscaping needs.
Tree Care provides more than 1,000 trees and shrubs to the Louisville area each year. Their trees are Kentucky Proud Certified, which means they were planted, grown and harvested in Kentucky by a Kentucky resident. Their emphasis on local and home-grown products helps support the local economy and provides products you can be proud to feature at your home.
Hager recommends stopping by the Middletown facility to get an idea of their offerings, with options available for every budget.
“We’re always changing the nursery offerings and have trees coming and going as we sell what’s there and bring in new offerings,” Hager says. “Every time a customer returns, they’re surprised to see we’ve changed so much. Something changes every day.”
Whether you visit Tree Care once a week, once a season, or once a year, you’ll have a new slate of options to fit your landscaping needs.
“I love what we do at Tree Care,” Hager says. “I wake up with a smile on my face because every day is different. No two jobs are the same, and no two customers are the same. I like taking the bull by the horns, facing challenges ahead and putting smiles on customer’s faces.”
Stop by the Middletown facility to check out their latest inventory, or call 502-326-3661 to schedule a free estimate for at-home needs. For more information, including a photo gallery of recent work completed, visit treecarelouisville.com.