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Lewis Tree Service and Clearion Software Announce Software-and-Services Offering for Electric Co-ops and Municipal Utilities

Clearion Software and Lewis Tree Service are offering a GIS-based software package and a regional support model for utilities.

West Henrietta, NY, and Atlanta, GA, June 11, 2013 – In the sensitive balance between the reliable supply of electricity to customers and the need for responsible vegetation management and tree-trimming practices, the nation’s 1000-plus electric co-ops and municipal electric utilities have a fresh approach from Lewis Tree Service and Clearion Software, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lewis, to help them achieve their goals. 

The community-centric nature of electric co-ops and municipally-owned power companies implies that the trees and power lines sharing many of the streets and roads need to co-exist as important assets of the community.  Recognizing this, Lewis and Clearion are announcing a software-and-services offering that will deliver both immediate benefits and long-term care focused upon the vegetation along the transmission and distribution lines throughout a utility’s service area.

 “Over the years, Lewis has developed a solid base of electric co-op and municipal electric customers.  Clearion has also made strong inroads into the sale of their configurable software solution for vegetation management to utilities of all sizes, including a number of electric co-ops.  Now that we are operating as a combined leadership team, our organizations are working together to focus on this important customer set with even greater attention and priority,” said Tom Rogers, President and CEO, Lewis Tree Service.  “Today we are announcing a tailored GIS-based software package from Clearion and a regional support model from Lewis that focuses solely upon the unique nature of the vegetation management challenges found in our nation’s electric co-ops and municipal electric companies.”

The centerpiece of the new offering is a turnkey software solution that allows utility operations to begin using GIS-based tools to track and manage their vegetation management work in as little as two weeks.  Leveraging a cloud-based infrastructure with the same powerful Esri ArcGIS Platform as Clearion’s largest implementations, the system includes a ruggedized Clearion Mobile tablet computer, one license of Clearion Work Manager for centralized planning and reporting, a collection of out-of-the-box reports, two-days of on-site training, and complete setup and hosting services.  Also included is Clearion’s premium support package featuring free software upgrades, remote assistance and high-availability servers.  The package will be offered through personnel within Lewis Tree Service’s regional operations with support from dedicated resources at Clearion.

“We are excited about our new approach to this important segment of the utility market in North America.  Teaming up with the extensive field resources of our parent company, Lewis Tree Service, and delivering a package that allows customers to get up and running with an affordable, fully-functional vegetation management solution in a matter of weeks is what many community-based utilities have been seeking,” said Chris Kelly, Senior Vice President and Co-Founder, Clearion Software. 

Lewis personnel will also be presenting electric co-ops and municipal utilities in their coverage area opportunities to “bundle” the Clearion software with their tree-trimming, mowing and herbicide application services, providing a “one-stop shopping” opportunity for procurement and operations staffs.

To learn more about the new offering, call 1-404-954-0297 or email info@clearion.com.

About Lewis Tree Service
As the 2nd largest provider of utility vegetation management services in North America, Lewis Tree Service is a leader in safety, responsiveness and innovation.  Lewis personnel work in support of over 30 electric co-op and municipal electric utilities, providing a wide range of vegetation management services and expertise including transmission and distribution utility line clearing and outage response resources.  Whether working around-the-clock in a storm or reliably managing the ongoing line clearing needs of their customers, utilities count on Lewis to get the job done right.  Lewis Tree Service is an employee-owned ESOP corporation with approximately 4,000 employees in the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit lewistree.com.

About Clearion Software
Clearion is a leader in utility vegetation management software, working in partnership with over 50 companies across North America. Clearion also provides solutions for managing asset maintenance programs, large scale damage assessment, and infrastructure design and construction. Since our inception, Clearion has worked closely with electric cooperatives of all sizes to bring innovative, GIS-based technology that improves accuracy and efficiency in vegetation management for better reliability and customer service. Clearion is based in Atlanta, Georgia and is wholly-owned subsidiary of Lewis Tree Service. For more information, visit clearion.com.

CONTACT:
Steve Powell
Phone: 585-410-1879
spowell@lewistree.com

 

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