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Schill Acquires Pinnacle to Expand Further in Columbus

Posted by Schill Grounds Management on Jul 9, 2024 5:05:07 PM
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CLEVELAND AND COLUMBUS OHIO — JULY 10, 2024 — Schill Grounds Management has purchased and partnered with Pinnacle Landscaping to expand operations in Columbus, Ohio, after recently opening a Greenfield location in the area.

Partnering with Pinnacle gives Schill greater density and reach across Ohio and adjacent markets, from its headquarters in Cleveland through the Columbus corridor down through Cincinnati. Earlier this year, Schill opened a facility in the Blacklick area just east of Columbus to serve that market. Schill now has central Ohio operations in Blacklick, Marion, Nashport, Polaris and other markets in that region to better serve our clients.

Established in 2005, Pinnacle has been owned and operated by Brett Obenauf, Principal & Chief Financial Officer, and Rob McDevitt, Principal & Chief Operating Officer. They will continue to oversee the business in Columbus as Pinnacle becomes part of the Schill family of companies. About 75 Pinnacle employees will join Schill, which has a total headcount of around 1,200.

Pinnacle provides commercial landscape maintenance, snow and ice removal, and parking lot sweeping services to office, retail, hospitality, mixed-use, multi-family, and other commercial customers throughout the Columbus region.

“Together, Schill and Pinnacle can provide an expanded level of service to our customers across Columbus and central Ohio with a comprehensive suite of landscaping management, snow and ice removal, and other property enhancement services,” said Jerry Schill, Founder and CEO of Schill Grounds Management. “We strive to be a single source provider to our customers to make grounds management even easier.”

Partnering with Schill gives Pinnacle enhanced operational, financial, sales, and marketing strength plus a network of 27 locations across the upper Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions for customers who have multiple locations. 

“When we started Pinnacle, it was our goal to become one of the largest landscape maintenance companies in central Ohio. We succeeded in building a solid foundation to a well-respected company, and the partnership, leadership, and resources from Schill will push us to the next level much faster,” Obenauf said.  

The Pinnacle and Schill combination also allows the company to provide the same expert care in new markets while also creating greater opportunities for its team of professionals.

“We admire the core values of Schill, and how they align with what we believe,” McDevitt said. “The Pinnacle team will benefit by from being part of a company that views employees as a very valuable piece of the overall operation. They will have more opportunities for growth and advancement within a larger organization. Customers will continue to receive the same top level service because Schill also provides service at the highest standard.

Schill has completed 13 acquisitions since 2020 as it leads consolidation in a fragmented industry by leveraging its “owner’s network” that keeps former owners involved in operating the business, providing strategic direction, and sharing best practices.

Some of Schill’s previous acquisitions include:

  • Strauser Nature’s Helpers in eastern Pennsylvania and parts of New York and New Jersey
  • BAM Outdoor, Inc. in the Indianapolis area
  • Enviroscapes in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia
  • Fredericks Landscaping in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky
  • GrassCor in Cincinnati and Dayton
  • Grounds Elite in Cincinnati
  • McCoy Landscape Services in Columbus and Marion
  • Ohio Valley Group in Cleveland
  • TLC in London, Ontario
  • Ward + Thornton Landscapes in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky


Schill Grounds Management is a leading provider of year-round landscaping and snow and ice removal services for multi-family, retail, office, mixed-use, distribution centers, healthcare and industrial properties of all sizes located in the Upper Midwest.  The Company, which is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, was founded in 1993 by Jerry Schill, who still serves as the Company’s President and CEO.  Over the last three decades, Schill has grown to 27 branches and services over four thousand properties across Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Indiana, West Virginia and Canada. In 2020, Argonne Capital Group, LLC made a majority investment in Schill as part of a strategic plan to consolidate the fragmented commercial landscaping industry. To learn more, please visit schilllandscaping.com.

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