Commercial Grounds Care, Johnson Creek, Wis., manufacturer of BOB-CAT, Bunton, Ryan and Steiner brand grounds care equipment, and Schiller-Pfeiffer Inc. of Southampton, Pa., manufacturer of Classen, Little Wonder and Mantis brand gardening, landscaping and turf care equipment have merged to create Schiller Grounds Care Inc.
The two companies have been affiliates since August 2006. The merging of Commercial Grounds Care and Schiller-Pfeiffer was completed on Jan. 1, and became effective on Jan. 5. The successful merger is the culmination of two years of preparation — merging payroll systems, instituting a universal ERP system, the launch of a new corporate website, as well as many marketing aspects of the new company name. The new entity, Schiller Grounds Care, will continue to manufacture and distribute all seven brands of commercial and residential power equipment through three manufacturing facilities located in Johnson Creek, Wis., Norfolk, Neb., and Southampton, Pa., which will also serve as the corporate office.
As one entity, Schiller Grounds Care will focus on the growth and strengthening of its independent brands versus maintaining two corporate entities. For the customer, the transition is relatively seamless with regards to order processing, billing, customer service, facility contact, sales and marketing.