Davey Tree buys Tenn. firm

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The Davey Tree Expert Company announced the acquisition of Cortese Tree Specialists. This follows the company's most recent acquisitions of Maier Forest and Tree in Rochester, Minn., and Superior NW Tree & Shrub Care, Inc., in Seattle, Wash., in January.

With the acquisition of Cortese, Davey increases its presence in the Knoxville, Tenn., area, where its Wolf Tree subsidiary already operates. Pat Covey, chief operating officer for U.S. operations, said Davey is committed to future growth -- organically and through acquisitions. 

"We will continue to focus on high-quality companies with customer demographics that are similar to our own, within markets where we want to grow density," he said. "Our intent is always to choose talented, safety-conscious employees intent on providing high-level customer service," said Covey.

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