Cityscape expands offerings through acquisitions

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Local commercial property maintenance and landscaping firm Cityscape Div A. Group is continuing its expansion into the irrigation business through the purchase of Greenscape Watering Systems.

Local landscaping firm Cityscape has acquired Greenscape Watering Systems.

By Jacob Serebrin

The acquisition will give the company a “more comprehensive offering,” says Daniel Aiello, the company’s business and operations manager.

Mr. Aiello says Cityscape will be bringing on Greenscape’s entire staff, including former owner Bruce Morton, who will take a management role at Cityscape.

The plan now, Mr. Aiello says, is to go beyond installing sprinkler systems. He says Cityscape wants to be “water managers for our clients.”

While businesses are installing equipment such as low-flush toilets to reduce water use and receive BOMA and LEED certifications, Mr. Aiello says “nobody is really taking ownership” of reducing the amount of water wasted by sprinkler systems.  

He says that by using technological solutions the company can help its clients “keep healthy and attractive landscapes while reducing” water use and water bills.

Cityscape first ventured into the space in 2010, with the acquisition of Ottawa Irrigation. Cityscape also hired that business’ former owner, Ivan McGlashan, as part of the deal, Mr. Aiello says.

It was a natural extension of the business, he says. “As our commercial client list started to grow, we needed to expand our irrigation offering.”

The addition of Greenscape, which also provided outdoor lighting installation, including Christmas light setup and takedown, will help Cityscape “provide a full service offering year-round.”

While the company provides snow and ice management services to its clients, things like Christmas light setup can provide some extra business during the slowest part of the year, when its too late for landscaping but too early for snow.

The ability to offer services throughout the year is beneficial to the company, Mr. Aiello says. It allows the company to maintain staff year-round. That means less turnover and and a better-trained staff, he says.

Organizations: Greenscape

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