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Founded Year

1974

Stage

Acquired | Acquired

About FIS Outdoor

FIS Outdoor operates a network of 39 branches across the Southeast, servicing professional irrigation and landscape contractors, municipalities, golf course superintendents and other green industry professionals.On November 22, 2019 FIS Outdoor was acquired by Heritage Landscape Supply Group, the terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

FIS Outdoor Headquarter Location

6771 US Hwy 27 S

Sebring, Florida, 33876,

United States

863-471-1110

Latest FIS Outdoor News

Wright Outdoor Solutions acquires Branching Out - Lawn & Landscape

Nov 25, 2019

Wright Outdoor Solutions acquires Branching Out With the move, Branching Out has been rebranded under a new name known as Verdure Elements. WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Wright Outdoor Solutions has acquired Branching Out, an Omaha, Nebraska-based company that has served Omaha, Lincoln and surrounding communities for over 30 years. With the agreement, the company will operate as a division of Wright Outdoor Solutions. Wright Outdoor Solutions, an employee-owned company based out of West Des Moines, Iowa, currently offers services like residential and commercial landscape design and installation, complete tree care, lawn care, maintenance and design, holiday lights and décor, interior plantscaping, snow and ice management, land clearing, bulk mulch and plant rental. The acquisition of Branching Out allows Wright Outdoor Solutions to expand their footprint and provide Branching Out with additional resources and manpower. Branching Out, founded in 1981, provides residential and commercial interior plantscaping, exterior seasonal color rotation and interior holiday décor. “The partnership between the two companies is a natural fit, with their three services being services we already offer our Des Moines clients, which made them an attractive acquisition for us,” said Scott D. Packard, chairman and CEO of Wright Outdoor Solutions. “It’s an exciting opportunity for our two companies and our clients. We can take our resources and manpower on the Wright side and continue building on the foundation they’ve already established in Omaha.”  Not only is this a transition in ownership, but the decision was made to rebrand and reintroduce Branching Out to the marketplace under a new name known as Verdure Elements. “The decision to change the company name came with a lot of careful thought and consideration from our leadership team,” said Jennifer Anderson, general manager of Wright Outdoor Solutions. “The new name and brand is a reflection of the company’s vision and where we want it to go in the future.” The first step of the rebrand was a new logo and a newly launched website. The Branching Out website has been retired and redirects to the new Verdure Elements website. Additionally, after 38 years, Branching Out President Terry Whitney has stepped down from his position. Branching Out’s management team will remain in place under Anderson's leadership. Wright Outdoor Solutions, with history stemming from 1928, has approximately 70 employees based out of their West Des Moines location on Raccoon River Drive. Branching Out will continue operating out of their existing location. “I’m really excited to welcome Verdure Elements into the Wright family,” Anderson said. “We have a lot of experience in the business that they do and can provide them with enhanced support and resources from an operational perspective, including fleet capabilities, risk management, marketing, human resources, and more.” Amanda Orders has been promoted to executive vice president and chief human resources officer. BLUE BELL, Pa. – BrightView, a commercial landscaping services company in the United States, recently announced that Amanda Orders, senior vice president of human resources for the company’s maintenance services segment, has been promoted to executive vice president and chief human resources officer. Orders will serve on the company’s executive leadership team and report directly to President and CEO Andrew Masterman. “Mandy is an exceptional human resources executive, leader and tireless advocate for our nearly 21,500 team members across the nation,” Masterman said. “She has made significant contributions in every dimension of human resources for this company and will be a great addition to senior leadership.” Orders will be responsible for the overarching BrightView People Strategy, which includes talent acquisition, compensation, benefits management, career development, performance management, succession planning, equity administration, retention, training, leadership and organizational development across all BrightView service lines. Orders started with the company in 2012 as human resources vice president. She was promoted to senior vice president of human resources for maintenance services in 2016. Orders was a key contributor to the Brickman/ValleyCrest merger that created BrightView in 2014, and has played a central role in GROW, an internal advocacy program for the women of BrightView. Prior to joining BrightView, Orders held leadership positions in human resources at Alliance Data, a provider of co-branded affinity credit cards, and the ScottsMiracle-Gro Company, a marketer of consumer lawn and garden products. Orders, a graduate of the Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business, will work out of the company’s headquarters campus in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. Florida Irrigation Supply operates a network of 39 branches across the Southeast. Heritage Landscape Supply Group announced that it has acquired Florida Irrigation Supply, an independently owned distributor of irrigation, outdoor lighting and landscape products. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Founded in Orlando, Florida in 1974, FIS Outdoor operates a network of 39 branches across the Southeast, servicing professional irrigation and landscape contractors, municipalities, golf course superintendents and other green industry professionals. FIS’ entire sales and operations team will be staying with the company to run the business. Heritage will continue to operate these branches under the FIS Outdoor name. “We are so excited to add this game-changing and strategic acquisition to our network," said Matt McDermott, president of Heritage. "With the addition of FIS’ 39 locations to the growing Heritage family of companies, we gain a phenomenal group of talented industry veterans and a premier platform in the Southeast to complement our existing footprint. FIS provides the geographic diversity and scale to make Heritage the preferred platform for independent landscape supply distributors to join going forward. We are thrilled to partner with the Tannlers and look forward to welcoming the entire FIS team into the Heritage family.” “It is with great excitement that we embark on this new phase of growth for FIS Outdoor by preserving our legacy and heritage while simultaneously providing our amazing team with the resources they need to take (FIS) to new heights," said Jon Tannler, president of FIS Outdoor. "We have accomplished our goal of finding a long-term partner that would cherish our people and present them with unlimited career opportunities, the chance to be shareholders, and a culture that celebrates having fun.” Dressing properly is extremely important to preventing cold stress, according to the Centers for Disesase Control (CDC). The type of fabric worn also makes a difference. Cotton loses its insulation value when it becomes wet. Wool, silk and most synthetics, on the other hand, retain their insulation even when wet. The following are the CDC’s recommendations for working in cold environments: Wear at least three layers of loose-fitting clothing. Layering provides better insulation. Do not wear tight fitting clothing. An inner layer of wool, silk or synthetic to keep moisture away from the body. A middle layer of wool or synthetic to provide insulation even when wet. An outer wind and rain protection layer that allows some ventilation to prevent overheating. Wear a hat or hood to help keep your whole body warmer. Hats reduce the amount of body heat that escapes from your head. Use a knit mask to cover the face and mouth (if needed). Use insulated gloves to protect the hands (water resistant if necessary). Wear insulated and waterproof boots (or other footwear). Changing for good Increasing Sustainability: What Can We Do? Looking to make a positive change? Then the initial step is to commit to reducing your impact on the environment while maintaining safety as the priority. Simply put, deicer on the roads and walkways means fewer crashes and slip-and-fall incidents. That being said, there are many practices to implement that are better for the planet. Here are some to considers. Alternative Fuels At Schill we integrate alternative fuels whenever possible. For example, propane fuels our fleet of 100-plus lawn mowers, and many of the trucks and snowplows we use for snow and ice removal run on diesel. While it wasn’t the case even 10 years ago, diesel is now the most carbon-efficient fuel for more modern, larger vehicles, as they can have 40 percent fewer emissions than vehicles that run on conventional gas. Introduce Liquids and Blends  No deicer or ice-melt product is without adverse effects, but liquid deicers and blended products can have a much smaller impact on the surrounding environment. Adopt liquid deicer as a pretreatment on the properties you manage. This will not only save your customers thousands of dollars’ worth of bagged material, but you'll be able to save clients thousands of dollars in plant replacements the next spring by using winter products that are less harmful to nearby trees and shrubs. Natural products like beet juice and cheese brines -- which, again, can still negatively impact the environment is -- aren’t the most effective for commercial use because they aren’t as effective at melting ice and therefore still need to be combined with other ice melt products. Instead, use blended products that will allow you to reduce the amount of bulk salt you're using. For example, the liquid deicer we use is more effective than natural alternatives, therefore allowing us to use much less salt than they would. Calibrate Equipment Perhaps most importantly, the professional snow and ice management industry must take responsibility for setting standards for how much deicer is appropriate to use in certain situations. Therefore, use equipment that’s calibrated to make sure you know exactly how much salt or deicer is being applied, and you're only putting down what’s necessary. Calculate how much deicer needs to be used per snow/ice event based on road and ambient temperatures, as well as the efficacy of the product being applied. Enter http://bit.ly/36U0781 into your browser and check out pages 17-19 HERE for Rock Salt Application Rate Guidelines. We all want to be better stewards of the environment. Therefore, it's important to talk with existing and potential clients about how sustainability can positively affect a company's bottom line and improve corporate culture, and how they can partner with you through your best practices to make sustainability a reality in snow and ice management. Poll Donald Trump (R) and Mike Pence (R) Joe Biden (D) and Kamala Harris (D) Howie Hawkins (G) and Angela Nicole Walker (G) Jo Jorgensen (L) and Spike Cohen (L) Write-in candidate

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