06 Nov 2019

Lloyd the mill master

Phase I complete of our BIGGEST mill project yet! Our AfterPlus mill has a great story: We take the trees we remove from our urban forest and give them a second life. We try to harvest as much millable wood as we can, but the logistics around it are not so simple. This particular project is a 2-year project for the Irvine Company (the largest private landowners in CA!). We removed 43 mature Redwoods from their development site in the South Bay, with the purpose to fabricate 90 custom-designed benches, and install them back onto the site after construction. We won't get into the MANY obstacles...

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15 Aug 2019

Craned up and trained up

Cranes make the tree work go 'round. More and more of our crews are boosting into the ridiculousness of crane work! This month Hugo, Matt, and Kevin (who is being trained up by Devin) had some major takedowns with cranes. Sure, we have our superstar crane riggers like Rob, Danny, and Chad. Who we throw at the most technical and hazardous jobs, but more of our crews, in more of our areas, are getting craned up and gaining valuable experience in the art of crane removals. From a climber's point of view, there are 3 things that are critical to flawless execution: The ability to judge the weight distribution of the wood to...

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06 Aug 2019

Nick & Crew Dominates the Pike Project

Removed 130 Trees, 150+ ft tall, in 6 weeks. Last month Nick and his team -- Cody, Juan, James, Arturo, with help from Raymond & David -- successfully completed the LARGEST job we've ever done in the forest land. Completed the 6 DONE way, without injury or incident. Pike City is 2 hours North-east of Sacramento, and deep into the Tahoe National Forest. Nick's skills fit the bill for this large scale project. Extremely proficient in tree felling, equipment operations and job planning, his supervisor Mazzera, considers him a "strong leader and great teacher". And in Nicks words, "They were really large trees and we had the challenge of the power lines. It was...

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06 Aug 2019

Tid Bits from our Chaplain

We'd like to take our headline feature to highlight a very special person at A Plus. If you haven't met Paul Tibbets, I'm sure you've heard about him. He's the father of our late founder, Jeremy. And really, the father of A Plus. He's certified in just about everything, fixes chippers, trucks, chainsaws (and pretty much whatever the Vallejo crews break), rescues buckets in the middle of nowhere, and will take time out of any busy day to make sure someone feels loved and genuinely cared for. Paul also compiles the weekly safety session emails and throws in beautiful tidbits on wisdom and leadership. (It’s inside the safety...

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25 Jul 2019

Did someone say tree circus?

Chad Brey isn’t just a champion climber. He also isn’t just the guy in our ear pestering us about safety all the time. Or the Certified Arborist. Or the Certified Tree Worker that takes pride in every climb and cut. Nope, Chad ALSO runs a TreeCircus. Yea, what? Every year since 2009, Chad and his buddy Timmy Womack host “TreeCircus” at the California State Fair for 17 days straight. The mission of TreeCircus is to awaken the world to the fun possibilities of urban forest tree care. He kicks it off with a 5 second speed climb to the ceiling, 32 ft and 7 in...

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20 Jul 2019

2019 VERSTEEL GAMES!

Raise your saws if you had fun at the Versteel Games! Where'd the name come from? It's a made-up mix of Vermeer + Urban Steel = VerSteel. That’s where that comes from. This year we ran the event 3 times to accommodate our growing team. Each Versteel was a jam-packed day of training, competitions, cash prizes, good food & team camaraderie. It was RIDICULOUS. We hope it was valuable, fun and you learned something to keep you growing here at A Plus. Our passion is great tree work and investing in our people (and killer equipment), and we hope that showed. And, can I say,...

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06 Jul 2019

David Ingalls, Juan Ochoa & Arturo Lopez rescue a dying man.

It was hot. Like 95 degrees, dry hot. David Ingalls and his crew were on a job in Burney last Thursday, 4 hours north of the Bay Area, and deep into the heart of the woodlands. Their assigned duties involved brush clearance of a pipeline that runs into Oregon. Because of the steep terrain and rocky areas, the crews have to navigate through a maze of logging roads in search of better access points. Ingalls and the crew were traveling a logging road towards the job site when they came to a fork in the road. He was about to take a left, when...

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20 Jun 2019

Chad the champ!

Give it up to Chad Brey!! A man who practically came out of retirement to crush a competition he didn't even sign up for! What was his secret? He visualized his win. Before each comp, he prepared his mind and ran through every step of the climb: the throw, the tie-ins, the descent. And then he did it. And he took the gold belt buckle for the ISA Western Chapter Climbing Competition. Proud of you Chad, now go visualize global climbing domination!

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15 Jun 2019

Sacramento Crew: All Business, All Day.

Coolest crew in town. Like a boss, Hugo Rodriguez rolls around town with his team, leaving a trail of happy clients. Like this guy here, in the panama hat. He watched the crew work all week at his community. At the end of one of the days, he went up to the team and told them how great of a job they were doing. Then asked if he could get a shot with them in front of his classic car. Hugo's describes his crew as, "A well-oiled machine, closing out business and makin' friends." And that's how the end of every day...

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06 May 2019

Sales in the field…kind of

In support of the Housing Industry Foundation with a mission to kick out homelessness, some from our Bay Area sales and field teams rallied and formed the "Treedom Fighters" kickball team. Unfortunately, we did not kick as much ash as we hoped, and lost in the last round. But, at least we lost to the eventual champions, which made it a little less painful. We DID, however, win the $1000 cash raffle. Which Cyrus graciously gave back to the foundation. We had a blast playing and competing, but most importantly, we knew it was for a good cause. Our sponsorship fee to...

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