July 13, 2016 // Franchising.com // CLEVELAND – For the second year in a row, Weed Man USA has been named by Forbes Magazine as one of America’s best franchise opportunities under an initial investment of $150,000. The fast-growing lawn care company ranked second in its category on the publication’s 2016 “Best and Worst Franchises to Buy” list, eight spots higher than in 2015.
Each company was analyzed by franchise industry research firm FRANdata and ranked by cost of initial investment (economy: up to $150,000; coach: between $150,001 and $500,000; first-class: $500,001 and up), five-year growth rates, five-year continuity rates and consistency of ownership, among other factors. Franchisors were also judged based on the level of support provided to franchisees, including financing, marketing and operational support programs.
“We have an exceptional system of franchisees who are the reason that our company was able to climb up the ranking in its second year on the list,” said Jennifer Lemcke, COO of Turf Holdings and Weed Man USA. “It is through their hard work and dedication that we continue to grow at such a phenomenal rate. Their success makes it easier for us to remain focused on adapting and growing at a sustainable rate.”
Gracing the Forbes list is the latest in a series of accolades for Weed Man USA, which reached $83 million in sales last year, up 13 percent from the previous year and projects double digit sales growth to round out 2016. The company has been able to keep pace with the growing consumer demand for professional and environmentally-friendly lawn care services with the addition of 40+ territories in 2015 and another 16 so far this year. Bolstering the system’s expansion are multi-unit franchisees as well as independent operators who choose to add-on Weed Man USA to their existing businesses as a way to diversify revenue streams and ensure the long-term value of their business.
Franchisees have the added benefit of joining a company that can draw upon more than 45 years of experience in the industry. Weed Man’s systems have been conceived, tested and refined to increase operating efficiency and profitability. With an initial investment ranging between $40,000 and $60,000, the franchise is offering prospects exciting opportunities to be a part of the company’s nationwide growth.
“Once I saw the depth of support from Weed Man and the experience of the people driving the franchise, I knew that I could focus on growing my business and serving my customers,” said franchisee Tom Mauer who owned a full-service landscape business prior to investing in Weed Man and expanding into nine additional territories.
Full results of the Forbes “Best and Worst Franchises to Buy” list can be found at http://www.forbes.com/best-worst-franchises-to-buy/#56bce2801a03.
Weed Man USA, North America’s No. 1 franchised lawn care provider, is a network of locally owned and operated lawn care businesses providing environmentally responsible fertilization, weed control and integrated pest management services. For more than 45 years, Weed Man's promise has always been the same: Weed Man treats every lawn as if it was their own and provides customers with honest and open communication. Weed Man entered the U.S. market in 1996 through a licensing agreement with Turf Holdings, Inc. and began awarding franchises in 2000. Today, Weed Man helps support franchisees in more than 455 territories throughout the United States. For more information, visit www.weedmanfranchise.com.
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