Gerry Westphal and his team at the Grounds Guys of Milford are off to a good start with their new franchise, having secured a contract to maintain the property at Pez in Orange, as well as other properties.
Westphal, a graduate of Jonathan Law High School, has been working in retail a number of years but always did landscaping on the side — that’s about 20 years of landscaping, he said.
This is his first season trying to see that side job materialize into something bigger.
He and his family, which includes wife Debbie, plus nieces and nephews, bought into the franchise last year.
The Grounds Guys of Milford serve Milford and beyond, from Ansonia to Orange, West Haven and Woodbridge, and towns in between.
Many of his customers are in Milford, and Debbie Westphal said her husband was sure to put Milford in the name “because he wanted to stick to his roots.”
The company handles commercial and residential services, and those range from lawn and bed maintenance to landscaping, outdoor lighting, fertilization and snow and ice management.
The Grounds Guys, a national franchise company, began with a single vision shared between 10 brothers, according to the company’s website.
“Originally, we opened our doors as Sunshine Grounds Care in 1987,” the website states. “As time passed and more brothers joined in the project, it became a widely recognized brand built on the principles of excellent workmanship, customer satisfaction, and real care.”
Today the Grounds Guys has more than 180 franchise locations around the country.
For more information go to groundsguys.com/milford/