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West Coast Arborists: Branching Out

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Since receiving the Family-Owned Business Award last September, West Coast Arborists Inc.—the largest municipal tree maintenance company in the state—has been branching out with new partnerships to plant more trees, educate youth about tree care and practice sustainability.

The Anaheim-based company, which is celebrating its 50-year anniversary this year, planted nearly 1,500 trees across 28 cities in California through a partnership with California Urban Forests Council, Taylor Guitars, The Britton Fund and the Western Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture at the AMPlifying the Urban Forests event in March.

The company also paired with California State University, Fullerton for last month’s Arbor Day to plant trees across five locations on campus and educate students and the public on what it takes to grow a tree and see it thrive.

In addition to its partnership with Taylor Guitars to provide local, urban wood for guitar manufacturing, West Coast Arborists is supplying recycled wood from removed or downed urban California trees to produce a new furniture line for Minneapolis-based furniture company Room & Board.

The “Mahoney” line, eponymous to West Coast Arborists CEO Patrick Mahoney, could make an appearance in the furniture company’s showroom at Costa Mesa’s SOCO and OC Mix shopping center.

$150M and Growing

West Coast Arborists has contracts with over 330 municipal agencies and sees around 10% yearly growth. It met its projected sales of $150 million last year and expects to generate $160 million this year. With an employee count of over 1,100, the company plants over 14,000 trees and prunes over 500,000 on a yearly basis.

Like most companies nowadays, West Coast Arborists still has its fair share of obstacles. Supply chain issues are causing yearlong delays for aerial lifts, and rising gas prices have doubled fuel expenses, company officials tell the Business Journal.

On the hiring front, West Coast Arborists continues to work with the Laborer’s International Union of North America to add more staff.

“We are currently hiring around more than five new employees every week,” company officials said. 

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