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Industry roundup: Outside the Lines announces new headquarters 
Beth Hyatt | December 21, 2017
concept design from OTL

Photo: Outside the Lines (OTL)

Outside the Lines (OTL), a design-build construction company that specializes in creating water features, rockwork and themed environments for shopping centers, resorts, theme parks, zoos, aquariums and other attractions, announced its new headquarters location in Anaheim, California.

The company says that this new location will offer more than double the space of its former location. The new headquarters is located at 2150 S Towne Centre Place, Suite 100 in Anaheim, California.

“OTL has long been an industry leader in the world of water features and themed environments, and worldwide demand for our services continues to grow,” says J. Wickham Zimmerman, chief executive officer of Outside the Lines. “We plan to capitalize on this uptick in activity, and continue to rapidly expand throughout the industry.”

Zimmerman says this move coincides with a rapid increase in architectural and development projects that demand unique water features and environments. To illustrate this rising demand, Zimmerman references a recent study by the American Institute for Architects.

“Developers spent approximately $472.1 billion on architecture in 2016, and analysts predict this number will be even larger in 2017 and 2018,” he says. “As unique, eye-catching, visitor-attracting elements continue to be a priority for developers everywhere, we will continue to see increased investment in water features and themed environments as ways to increase visitor numbers, repeat visits and length of stay.”

The company says this new headquarters is a Class A+ office space that features state-of-the-art amenities, outdoor seating areas, an outdoor kitchen, a gym and a conference center.

“This additional space will support our growing team and the growing pipeline of projects we continue to take on,” Zimmerman notes. “By elevating our work space, we can continue to push the envelope and provide the highest quality, most immersive experiences for our clients.” 

NALP launches online business courses 

The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) recently partnered with Cengage Learning and ed2go to offer online courses that the groups believe will help train and develop the skills of staff members.NALP logo

Typically, these online courses consist of 12 lessons and take about six weeks to complete. With over 100 courses to choose from, NALP says the courses range from leadership and supervision, to QuickBooks and accounting, to Speed Spanish and Microsoft office products.

“We know that the winter season is a key time for staff training and development and we hope this low-cost solution for self-directed education offers companies a good resource,” said Sabeena Hickman, CAE, NALP CEO.

NALP says that enrollment for the courses is easy, and prices for these courses start at $115. To review the course listing, click here.

SiteOne Landscape Supply to acquire Pete Rose, Inc.  

It was recently announced that SiteOne Landscape Supply, the largest and only national wholesale distributor of landscape supplies in the United States, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Pete Rose, Inc.

siteone landscape supply logoPete Rose was started in 1975 and has one location in the Richmond, Virginia market. The company says it is a leader in the distribution of natural stone and hardscape material.

This deal is scheduled to close in January 2018, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

“Pete Rose is a terrific fit with SiteOne as they expand our natural stone and hardscape presence in the Richmond, Virginia market,” said Doug Black, chairman and CEO of SiteOne Landscape Supply. “The addition of Pete Rose complements our existing branches that offer the full range of nursery, hardscape, agronomic, irrigation and outdoor lighting products. We have now completed nine acquisitions in 2017, and we continue to expand the number of markets where we provide a full range of landscaping products and services.”

“Pete Rose has a rich history and talented team that shares SiteOne’s passion and desire to provide excellent quality, service and value to their customers,” Black added. “We welcome them all to the SiteOne family. We are committed to delivering the best experience to our customers, and the combination of Pete Rose and SiteOne is yet another step forward in our mission to become the best full-line distributor in the green industry.”

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