September 15, 2015
U.S.-based Dwyer Group, one of the world’s largest franchising companies of trade service brands, acquired The Grounds Guys of Canada.

Originally founded by 10 van Stralen brothers in 1987 as Sunshine Grounds Care in Orangeville, the company offered comprehensive landscape management services. The company then began looking at ways to expand the business.

In 2010, Dwyer Group entered into an agreement to market the franchise in the U.S. under a new brand name, The Grounds Guys, which was later adopted across the Canadian locations.

The full acquisition of the Canadian franchisor includes 34 franchisees, representing 40 locations across Canada. They join 194 locations across the U.S. under the direction of Chris Elmore, president of The Grounds Guys.

Dwyer Group will maintain an office for The Grounds Guys in Canada. In addition, the van Stralen family will remain consultants for the brand and stakeholders in the company, as equity investors with Dwyer Group. Peter van Stralen will also become a director of Dwyer Group Canada.