Wright Tree Service in Michigan
Who is Wright Tree Service and why are they in Michigan?
If you frequent the roads in southeastern Michigan then it would be hard to not notice all of the Wright trucks that have been seen on the sides of our roads and driving down the street. The first time I saw one of these trucks I decided to do a bit of research because I had never heard of them. Well it turns out that they are an out of state company. You heard that right (or should I say "wright"?) They are in Michigan doing subcontracting work. DTE Energy has hired them to trim trees all across Michigan. It looks like they have a pretty huge contract with them. It turns out that they have been around for a really long time and have a great reputation for doing things the correct way. Something else I like about them is that they are employee owned. This mean that everyone that works there has a stake in the company. It stands to reason that workers will care more about their work when they stand to profit from its success.
Why are Michigan utility companies using out of state contractors?
While I can not give any hard evidence to why DTE Energy and other companies are outsourcing tree trimming and removals for their power lines, I can offer my humble opinion on the matter. I would have to assume that utility companies prefer to use just one company when taking on projects of this scope. When you need to have this amount of tree work done you are spending a lot of cash to get it done. When you use one tree company, you can usually get a great discount because of the sheer amount of work. Similar to a bulk discount you might get at Costco or alike. It probably also makes the logistics of completing the service much more streamlined. Imagine trying to use 100 different tree services to complete the trimming for an entire state. It would be a nightmare and would not make financial sense. You might say though.... Why not try to hire a large tree service that resides in Michigan? Again, this is just a guess but I would assume that there are not many companies that are large enough that they could even take on a job that size. I know that Davey Tree Service is probably the biggest in the area and have done work for them in the past but if they had any kind of falling out or they simply decided that they did not want the contract then the utility companies would be hard pressed to find another company that large to complete the pruning that needs to be done. There is also the almighty dollar as well. Wright Tree Service may have very well under bid their competitors.
Conclusion about Wright Tree
I know I may get some flack for this but I have to say that I am not really bothered by the big energy companies using out of state companies to complete their tree service projects. I think that it is an opportunity for us to get better, bigger and more efficient. Not to say that it is a bit disappointing that they could not keep the work in-state. I would love to see a Michigan company getting all that work but, there are other forces at play in the free market. Our goal as a company is to expand and emulate the larger companies so we can take on projects of this size. What it really says to me is that we need to work harder to become one of the big players in the game.