Davey Acquires Arborel Tree Service in Pittsburgh

The Davey Tree Expert Company has announced the acquisition of the assets of Arborel Tree Service, a residential tree and lawn care company operating in Pittsburgh.

Arborel provides specialized tree and plant health care services, lawn fertilization and pest management to clients in the greater Pittsburgh area. Robert Kruljac established Arborel in 2001.

“Myself and my employees are excited to join the Davey team,” Kruljac said. “We look forward to joining the culture of employee ownership and appreciate the shared passion for high-quality client service.”

Jim Houston, vice president and general manager, Eastern U.S. Residential/Commercial operations, said Davey is excited to welcome Arborel’s talented team of safety-conscious employees.

“High-quality client service is a top priority for Davey and Arborel, and now clients of Arborel will also benefit from access to Davey’s diversified service offerings, technology and equipment resources, and research and development capabilities,” Houston said. “In addition, Arborel employees have the opportunity to advance their careers by accessing Davey’s industry-leading education and training programs.”

Clients of Arborel will now be served by Davey’s three Residential/Commercial (R/C) offices located in the Pittsburgh area. Kruljac will serve as assistant district manager of Davey’s North Pittsburgh R/C office, whose district manager is Matt Fromm.

Fromm is a graduate of the Davey Institute of Tree Sciences, which is Davey’s flagship training program in biological sciences, safety, tree and plant care and management techniques. He is an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist®. Fromm holds a bachelor’s degree in forest biology and a master’s degree in plant pathology, both from Penn State University.

Kruljac is an ISA Certified Arborist and a president elect of the Penn-Del Chapter of the ISA. Kruljac studied environmental sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. Kruljac also has been a supporter of Tree Pittsburgh, a non-profit working to enhance the city’s tree canopy, and he was named Tree Pittsburgh’s Corporate Partner of the Year in 2015.