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Asplundh and PECO Team Up for Arbor Day Service Project

The Asplundh Tree Expert Co., in honor of National Arbor Day and the company’s 85th anniversary, sponsored a service project in conjunction with PECO Vegetation Management at Smith Memorial Playground in East Fairmount Park.

WILLOW GROVE, PA -- The Asplundh Tree Expert Co., in honor of National Arbor Day and the company’s 85thanniversary, sponsored a service project in conjunction with PECO Vegetation Management at Smith Memorial Playground in East Fairmount Park yesterday. 

Two Asplundh climbing crews carefully removed two large, dead and dying trees from the Smith Playground while a team of 13 Asplundh and PECO employees did spring clean-up and planting work. In addition, two weeping cherry trees, donated by Lentzcaping, Inc. of Warrington, PA, were planted to replace two that had succumbed to last summer’s drought and other stresses. 

“We are really pleased to be able to eliminate potentially hazardous trees from this obviously popular playground and save some maintenance expenses for the Smith Playground and Playhouse organization,” said Asplundh President George Graham, Jr., who participated in the tree planting work.  Meg Wise, Smith’s executive director (and coordinator of the work teams), expressed appreciation for Asplundh, PECO and Lentzcaping’s help in getting the playground spruced up and making it safer for visitors.

Alex Brown, manager, PECO Vegetation Management, took a break from hauling branches to say that “projects like this demonstrate the importance of proper tree maintenance and planting the right tree in the right place, whether it’s Arbor Day or not.”

About Asplundh:
Asplundh Tree Expert Co. is a family-owned and managed company headquartered just outside of Philadelphia in Willow Grove, PA.  It primarily provides vegetation management and utility infrastructure services to a wide range of utilities and municipalities. The Asplundh family of companies employs approximately 32,000 men and women throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Learn more at www.asplundh.com

About PECO:
Based in Philadelphia, PECO is an electric and natural gas utility subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC).  PECO serves 1.6 million electric and 497,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania and employs about 2,400 people in the region.  PECO delivered 76.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas and 37.5 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2012.  Founded in 1881, PECO is one of the Greater Philadelphia Region's most active corporate citizens, providing leadership, volunteer and financial support to numerous arts and culture, education, environmental, economic development and community programs and organizations.

About Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse:
Smith is a non-profit organization located in East Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA. Founded over 100 years ago, Smith welcomes over 184,000 visitors annually from more than 200 zip code areas.  Smith strives to be Philadelphia’s foremost resource for play by providing opportunities for unstructured creative play for children 10 and younger. Smith contributes to the development of healthy children, strong families, and safe communities by: 1) maintaining a proud tradition of free family admission; 2) partnering with community-based organizations to reach a diverse audience; and 3) advocating for the importance of play.  For more information about Smith, please visit www.smithplayground.org.

Kristin Wild
Corporate Communications
Phone: 1-800-248-8733 ext. 4427 office
E-mail: corpcomm@asplundh.com




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