05 Dec 2019

TCCs. The Glue to our Crazy.

A TCC is a Tree Care Controller. And it's our version of what others may call a "scheduler", because they do SO much more than just scheduling. TCC's are the linchpins to our axles, the pintle bolts to our hitches, the cambium layer to our trees. They keep the communication flowing between client, sales, and operations. Did you have a smooth-running job? Thank your TCC! Did everything hit the fan and still the job got done? Thank your TCC! The TCC's manage hundreds of jobs a week, from approval all the way to completion. From the perspective of Steve Land, our VP of...

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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, from our Sacramento tree service division, 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...

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01 May 2019

Eureka! We’ve landed in Eureka!

Guess what my treeple!? A Plus officially has a yard, and a team, in Eureka! "Where's that", you may ask? It's about 4 hours north of our Pleasant Hill main office, situated in beautiful Humboldt County, along the pristine California coastline. It's a tree-filled place that 6 of our team members will now call home. For the last 7 months, our Vallejo crews have been traveling up there weekly to clear vegetation from gas transmission lines and perform other non line-clearance work. The traveling was also taking its toll on our tree crews, and it was clear that this market was...

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06 Mar 2019

UtilityPLUS crew rocks it, all night long.

Chris Mazzera got the call at 7pm. "Fallen tree on a substation, it's an emergency, need you here ASAP." The crew arrived to the site by 8:30pm, performed the work like midnight warriors, completed by 5:30am and got back to the yard by 7am. While most of us were catching Zz's, the crew was saving whole neighborhoods from losing power! Huge shout out to Marco Vega, Juan Vega, David Ingalls, Ricardo Terazas and Chris Mazzera!

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16 Nov 2016

What is the Revolution?

This past week we were exhibitors at the Tree Care Industry (TCI) Expo in Baltimore. It's an annual expo that people from all around the world come to learn the latest techniques and see the newest toys. We went to the show equipped with a free version of our ArborPlus App, a mission, and a statement: "Join the Revolution". By showcasing ArborPlus, we used A Plus as an example of how innovation and technology can transform a business in a traditionally "old" industry to a cutting edge, more sustainable and highly differentiated company. We all wore matching T shirts and...

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05 Feb 2015

How to be Lumbersexual

Lumbersexual  lum-ber-sek-shoo uh l ] noun: a unique kind of hipster who grows a beard and pretends to be the of the outdoorsy variety. Often seen wearing flannel. Never actually seen with lumber. Listen hipsters, A Plus was lumbersexual before lumbersexual was even a twinkle in the eye behind your thick-black-framed-glasses. We were sportin’ flannel and using beard oil before anyone knew beard oil was a thing. (It is. And it's called sweat. You know, from actually working hard.) [caption id="attachment_769" align="aligncenter" width="492"] A true lumbersexual.[/caption] Because there’s only one way to be truly lumbersexual (hint: it involves trees), and you’re...

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