Poll shows PLCAA members enjoying better year than last

A whopping 86 percent of Professional Lawn Care Association of America (PLCAA) member companies are experiencing a successful year, according to an e-mail ProPoll. The poll was sent by PLCAA in October and garnered a 14 percent return.

The poll results showed that 82 percent of PLCAA member companies are experiencing a better or about the same year as last—with 51 percent having a better year.

“I was pleasantly surprised by the results,” said PLCAA’s Executive Vice President Tom Delaney. “Even in the face of turbulent economic and world issues, and widespread drought, the majority of lawn care companies are strong and growing. This is good news.”

2002 PLCAA President Bill Hoopes reported in ProSource, PLCAA’s official member publication, that “we are completing what, for many businesses, will be a record year. And all on the heels of September 11. Frankly, it’s tough for me to look back at this past year without including the impact of September 11 on all of us. I believe our lawn care service businesses have set an outstanding positive example of what this country is all about. When we are knocked down, we get back up, re-focus and re-commit.”

Hoopes encourages companies to remain vigilant. “Those of us who have spent our working lives in the green industry must do all we can to ensure a positive business climate for the years ahead.”

Delaney agrees. “Water issues will continue to rise, regulatory burdens will not disappear, and weather extremes will always be with us. We must remain active and knowledgeable about current affairs, and participate in industry campaigns and events to ensure our ongoing success.”

Delaney advises members daily on how to become involved, and make a difference locally and nationally. One PLCAA event he highly recommends for budding and experienced advocates: the Association’s Legislative Day on the Hill to be held July 14-15, 2003, in Washington, D.C.

For business, regulatory and technical advice and representation, consider contacting PLCAA at (800) 458-3466 or visiting www.plcaa.org.

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