The Davey Tree Expert Company announces 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 divisions. The majority of the business involves providing vegetation management services to utility companies along the East Coast, stretching from Nova Scotia, Canada to South Carolina.

In 1982, Lucas Tree Experts developed the Tree Care and Plant Health division, now known as Davey Tree. This division offers residential and commercial tree care, plant heather care, and lawn care in the Portland, Maine, and surrounding area. The housing department employs over a dozen people, all of whom will join the Davey Tree team.

In 2021, Davey Tree placed third on our annual Top 100 list, while Lucas Tree Experts placed 33rd.

“As Davey Tree is one of the oldest, largest and most respected arborists companies in the country, we are confident that it will be an excellent steward for 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 US, which will be a huge benefit to our employees and their future.

“Davey Tree shares a similar science-based approach to tree and plant health as we do at Lucas Tree Experts, as well as his employee and customer focus, which we also hold dear, so the partnership will be a fitting transition,” he added added.

“Davey and Lucas have a longstanding relationship, so adding Lucas’ experts is like welcoming our close friends to the team,” said Pat Covey, chairman, president and CEO of Davey Tree. “Lucas Tree Experts employees now have the opportunity to advance their careers through promotions and benefit from Davey’s extensive training and educational resources. Lucas customers also have access to our Davey Institute, which is home to our diagnostic laboratory and team of scientists. This change is good for both customers and employees.”

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