CLC Tree Services came into being way back in 1988. You’ve heard the story of how Curt McCallum started the company as a second job to help pay the bills and know how the company has grown and changed since then. We are far from a one-man operation now and our services cover much more than simple stump grinding.
One thing that hasn’t changed much though is our focus. CLC Tree Services was started as a small, family-run business. Curt, his sons Luke and Calvin (whom the company was named after—CLC) are all active members of the team. Anna Marie also got involved with the company several years ago, which means that family dinners now often drift back to business talk whether they like it or not. And just because they are business partners, doesn’t mean that there aren’t growing pains or family squabbles which occasionally arise. But the dedication to the company, its dreams and aspirations, brings everyone together when it comes to ensuring the success of CLC Tree Services.
Calvin McCallum might be the youngest member of the CLC family, but his input is one of the largest. He works on average six days a week, which sometimes stretches into seven. His mind is constantly on upcoming jobs, employee performance and satisfaction, training, the maintenance, purchase and replacement of equipment, networking, client interactions, and how best to get the word out about everything that CLC is and does. A day off is rare, as there is always something to be taken into consideration, but Calvin considers that part of the job.
It’s been almost 30 years since his father started the business and Curt has been dreaming of retirement for the last few. That puts Calvin squarely at the helm of one of London’s premier tree service companies, and he aims to keep that status intact.
So what does the future of CLC Tree Services look like?
“I want to focus on the quality service and family atmosphere of CLC. Our employees are just as important as our clients when it comes to running a small, family business. We support about 40 people when you count in all of the families behind everyone who works for us. That means everyone’s safety is important, so I’ll keep pushing our workers to work smarter and safer, within a team mentality. Plus, the ‘shop local’ idea that’s in London, Ontario is a great push for our business too, so we’ll continue to look at ways to work within that. But ultimately, we want to stay the small business with quality service that London has come to know and trust over the last 25+ years.”
The integrity and honest drive behind that statement should ensure CLC Tree Services is around for a long time to come. And if Calvin has anything to say about it, we’re sure it will. With him at the helm, you can look forward to fresh ideas and an honest dedication which he proudly brings to the job. Keep up the good work Cal!