Bill Fischer and Tom Hofer left their respective Illinois family farms to study agriculture and economics at the University of Illinois. They joined the same fraternity and developed a mutual desire to pursue opportunities beyond the family farm. After college, Tom went off to the Vietnam War, and Bill pursued a brand new industry called lawn care. In 1977, he founded Spring-Green Lawn Care.
When the friends reunited and began evaluating Bill’s growing lawn care franchise enterprise, Tom saw an opportunity to scale the success. Tom became one of the first Spring-Green franchise owners and his business doubled in size each of its first three years. In 1980, he rolled his business into Spring‑Green Lawn Care Corporation and joined the company’s executive team. The company’s destiny as a pioneering lawn care business committed to franchising and its franchise owners was set in motion.
Tom Hofer begins with one truck as a neighborhood-based lawn and tree care service in Naperville, Illinois. Founders William R. Fischer and Richard G. Gretz form Spring‑Green Lawn Care Corporation
Tom Hofer rolls his franchise into Spring‑Green Lawn Care Corp. and joins the executive team.
Core Aeration service introduced.
Bill helps form the lawn care industry’s first trade association and later went on to serve as president.
Tom Hofer assumes the role of president and CEO after the unfortunate passing of his fraternity brother and business partner, Bill Fischer. The franchise system grows rapidly in the Midwest and expands throughout the East, South, Southeast and Pacific Northwest.
Spring‑Green celebrates its 20th Anniversary. Revenue reaches $15.2 million.
Spring‑Green serves 7,500 neighborhood communities in 24 states throughout the nation.
Perimeter Pest Control service is introduced.
Ted Hofer rejoins company with a long-term succession plan in mind.
James Young is named President of Spring-Green Lawn Care Corp. and leads a transformation of marketing systems and an infusion of technology.
Spring-Green celebrates its 30th Anniversary and also receives a 4-star rating from Franchise Business Review.
Revenue has more than doubled over 10 years to $32.4 million. Spring‑Green receives World-Class Franchise distinction by the Franchise Research Institute.
Spring-Green campus expands with build-out of a state-of-the-art call center facility.
Ted Hofer is named CEO. The focus intensifies on “Growth through independently owned franchises and a renewed commitment to deliver profitable growth is issued.”
Spring-Green celebrates its 35th Anniversary and is featured in 100 Fastest-Growing Business Entrepreneurs.
Spring-Green formally introduces its Green Industry franchise program offering diversification opportunities to landscape, hardscape, pest control and other existing business owners. Consistent growth year after year lifts revenue beyond $45 million annually.
Spring-Green ranks among the top third in 2015 Top 100 Lawn & Landscape Companies.
Spring-Green celebrated its 40th anniversary and will continue its expansion beautifying the environment by delivering lawn and tree care services through a network of high-caliber lawn and tree care professionals.