Professional landscape industry leaders, committed to excellence through knowledge and quality services.
Our customers are the focus of everything we do.
Continuous improvement is critical to our success.
Employee involvement is an integral part of our culture.
We will not compromise our integrity.
The Acres Group – A Brief History
Founded in 1983 by Jim Schwantz in Arlington Heights, IL
Original Facility – Jim’s garage and home
Doubles staff in 1984 to 4 employees – added uniforms, policies, procedures, office equipment and accountant
Moved to Palatine in 1985
Moved to a Palatine farm house and yard in 1987
In 1989, opened Corporate Headquarters on 7 acres in Wauconda, IL(This current facility has 8,500 square feet of office space, 23,000 square feet of dry storage, fully staffed maintenance garage and construction division – today, this facility totals over 12 acres!)
Added 100 acre South Branch Nursery, Union, IL in 1996
In 1997, added a second facility in Naperville on 6 acres to better serve south region customers
Purchased the R. Glass Landscape Company in 1998
Doubled Acres staff
Doubled equipment and vehicle fleet
Added Acres third facility in Roselle
With the R. Glass Acquisition, Acres becomes the largest Independent Landscape Contractor in Northern Illinois
Effective October 16, 2000, Acres purchases the Bill Fenn Landscaping Company and incorporates their staff and equipment into Acres Naperville facility
Purchased the 160-Acre Goodmark Nursery, Wonder Lake, IL – August 2001.
Purchased Advantage Decorative Paving, Wauconda, IL – March 2003
Effective March 2003, relocated Naperville Facility to 23940 W. Andrew Road in Plainfield. This facility provides an expanded yard/materials area to enhance customer response time with improved plant material quality control.
Added 75 more acres to Goodmark Nursery in July 2004
Acquired Edmund M. Hayden, Inc., Landscape Contractors – Woodstock, IL – January 2005
Added 149 acres to Goodmark Nursery in August 2005
Improvements in our business model and capability; 85% direct reporting, Modeco Time Scapes, GPS, information and reporting systems effective December 2008.
Acquired Northwestern Landscape Contractors, Inc. in May 2011. With this merger, Acres moves to Roselle, utilizing the northwestern facility and yard to efficiently and cost effectively serve the expanded client portfolio.
Acres Owner & CEO, Jim Schwantz is named The Illinois Landscape Contractor “2011 Man of the Year”
Acquired Walsh Landscaping, Bolingbrook, IL , March 2012 , and incorporates their staff and equipment into Acres Plainfield facility. Along with a substantial client base of multi-family and commercial maintenance and snow removal, this merger adds enhanced residential design build and residential maintenance to the organization.
Acquired Plainfield, IL based Green Up Landscape, Inc. – November 2012. This merger not only brings the Green Up team to Acres, it also adds a wonderful long-term group of clients which enhances the already strong Plainfield facility customer team.
Added 12.5 acres to South Branch Nursery in January 2013
Acres Employees Certified and Degreed Professionals
Acres currently employs 47 industry certified and/or degreed professionals and this number is growing every year!
Professional Association Memberships
||Association of Condominium, Townhouse, and HOA
||American Subcontractors Association
||American Society of Landscape Architects
||Chicagoland Apartment Association
||Community Association Institute
||Illinois Landscape Contractor’s Association
||Illinois Nurseryman’s Association
||International Society of Arboriculture
||Northwest Human Resources Council
||National Safety Council
||Ornamental Growers Assn. (Goodmark)
||Professional Landcare Network
||Tree Care Industry Association
Chambers of Commerce
Wauconda Chamber of Commerce
Plainfield Chamber of Commerce
Roselle Chamber of Commerce
Wonder Lake Chamber of Commerce