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Mariani Landscape has acquired seven family-owned companies and experienced 350% growth over the past 18 months, a record for the company.
The companies acquired are:
- Berghoff Design Group / BDG Maintenance; Phoenix
- Designs by Sundown; Denver
- Hoffman Landscapes; Wilton, Connecticut
- Nature Works Landscape Services, Walpole, Mass
- Rocco Fiore & Sons, Libertyville, Illinois
- RP Marzilli; Boston
- Woodlawn’s Landscape Company; Chicago
Three of the acquired companies appeared on Lawn & Landscape’s 2022 Top 100 list, which is based off 2021 revenue: RP Marzilil, number 43 with $53.9 million in revenue; Designs by Sundown, tied at 71 with revenue of $36 million; and Berghoff Design, number 75 with 2021 revenue of $34.6 million.
CI Capital holds a majority investment in Mariani Landscape, but current Chairman, Frank Mariani, will remain 100% actively involved in the company. CI Capital previously owned SavaTree before selling to Apax in September of 2021.
The acquired companies are maintaining their brands and leadership teams.
“As we seek to create the best residential landscape company in the world, we are partnering with companies that are the best at what they do in their local markets. We trust them and fully support their management teams, and we add value by creating services that elevate their client and associate experiences,” said Mariani Landscape Chairman Frank Mariani.
“We didn’t want to replicate what we’ve seen in the commercial landscape industry, where companies were absorbed, and local management was removed. The companies that have joined us so far have set a great precedent that this is a business model that works well and benefits everyone.”
Bob Marzilli, president of RP Marzilli, added, “Companies that join Mariani Landscape will find they won’t lose their identity, and that they’re still in control of their destinies. When joining our group, owners remain an integral part of their company. They’re not simply selling their companies and leaving.”
One resource that the Mariani Landscape family of companies offers is what Mariani Landscape refers to as the “ultimate peer group”– a platform service in which leadership teams across companies can draw insights, share experiences and solve problems.
“The peer group that has been created through the Mariani family of companies is invaluable. Everyone brings an incredible amount of knowledge and experience to the table,” said Jeff Berghoff, president of Berghoff Design Group.
Charlie Noll, president and founder of Woodlawns Landscape Company in Chicago says the acquired companies all operate independently.
“We share resources and services, but the leadership team at Mariani trusts me to run my company, and doesn’t want to change that,” he says.
The new Mariani Landscape family of companies will also have a focus on green initiatives and landscaping best practices.
“Our industry hasn’t progressed at the rate of other industries with respect to adopting technology and prioritizing things like career growth,” said Matt Gramer, president of NatureWorks Landscape Services in Massachusetts. “We at Mariani plan to move the needle in that regard and set the tone for innovation for the industry.”
Mariani Landscape plans to continue proactively pursuing residential landscape companies that align with its core values, and is looking to expand into several new states in the coming months.
Mariani’s focus is on family-owned companies, but they are open to having conversations with other companies, no matter their ownership structure. The company has created an email address, firstname.lastname@example.org, for interested parties to contact.