ALCA And PLCAA Members Vote To Form New Association
The Professional Lawn Care Association of America (PLCAA) and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) recently announced that their two organizations will merge to form a new association, effective January 1, 2005. This announcement comes only days after the completion of a 30-day voting period by the memberships of both associations.
More than 90 percent of the members who voted agreed to consolidate into a new green industry association that will provide a stronger voice and increased lobbying capabilities for the combined organization. The merger of PLCAA and ALCA into a new association will also mean expanded member benefits and services.
PLCAA’s president, Jim Campanella, adds, “This is an exciting strategic direction for the lawn and landscape industry. By pooling resources, we advance our opportunities to ensure the future of the industry and to have a greater lobbying impact on Capitol Hill. We will work to ensure that the transition effectively addresses the needs of our collective memberships and boards. The combined talent of both associations will enable us to offer our members better opportunities for business growth and development and to address challenges as we move forward in an effort to shape the face of the lawn and landscape industry.”
ALCA’s president, Kurt Kluznik, CCLP, says, “The merger of ALCA and PLCAA creates a powerful new association formed to address our members mutual needs and concerns and to serve as the voice of the green industry. It allows for greater synergy while increasing our members’ networking capabilities and providing enhanced member services and benefits. This is an exciting time for the green industry and a major step toward unification.”
The next step in the merger process is to finalize the details, including the reassignment and consolidation of staffing responsibilities within the two offices and the selection of a new name of the organization. Also critical will be reaffirming the importance, and maintaining the support, of the new association’s allied regional and state partners as well as redefining the association’s relationship with other green industry organizations.
The new organization will be comprised of approximately 4,000 professional interior and exterior maintenance, installation, design/build, and lawn care firms and suppliers. Focus groups are under way for the naming of the organization. A name and a new identity “package” will be identified later this fall.
For more information about PLCAA and the merger, please contact the PLCAA office at (800) 458-3466 or visit the PLCAA Web site at www.plcaa.org.
PLCAA represents approximately 1,200 members nationwide, including its core membership of professional lawn care operators and suppliers.
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