ALCA And PLCAA Announce Intent To Merge

The Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) and the Professional Lawn Care Association of America (PLCAA) announced that, pending ratification by their memberships, they will consolidate into a new green industry association on Jan. 1, 2005. The result will be an organization that represents the entire range of lawn, landscape, and interior plantscape services and products.

"We are very excited about this new association," stated Kurt Kluznik, CCLP, ALCA president. "It brings together two powerful organizations that will now be able to provide even greater benefits and programs for our collective memberships."

The two organizations have worked successfully in partnership over the years on a variety of projects and programs, including their annual trade show—the Green Industry Expo (GIE)—held each November. "We have benefited the memberships of both associations by working cooperatively on legislative issues and bringing members together for greater regulatory impact," stated Jim Campanella, PLCAA president.

Final details on the new association are being developed, including a new governing body comprising ALCA and PLCAA leaders, unified membership and personnel, and a name for the new organization.

The consolidation between PLCAA and ALCA is consistent with the strategic plans of both organizations.

For more information on ALCA, call (800) 395-ALCA (2522) or visit ALCA's Web site at www.alca.org. ALCA represents approximately 2,800 members nationwide, including its core membership of professional exterior and interior landscape maintenance, installation, and design/build contracting firms and suppliers.

For more information on PLCAA, call (800) 458-3466 or visit PLCAA's Web site at www.plcaa.org. PLCAA is a national association representing 1,200 residential and commercial lawn care professionals.

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