Our early history as written by Jack Griffin in
“Fifty years ago in 1939,
Fran Griffin purchased a small and failing tree service company, and
shortly afterward in 1946 invited her brother, John 'Jack' Griffin, to
come to Cincinnati to become her partner. The elder Griffin had just
finished his duties for the Government in the steel mills when the war
ended. Working in the steel mills helped support our troops including his younger brother,
Thomas 'Tom' Griffin, a Doolittle Raider. As a young boy growing up in
Green Bay, Wisconsin,
Jack worked as a water boy for his favorite football team the Acme
Packers (Green Bay Packers) in the early 1920s, and after doing research
on the word 'Acme' he found out that it was a Greek word that stood for
being at the peak, being in the prime, and denoted the best of
something. He decided that Acme would work perfectly, and named the
company 'Acme Tree Service.'
(Jack Griffin is the young boy in the front)
The 50 years has been
filled with many outstanding advances in the tree service business.
Among them; changes in power equipment, relieving back breaking
handwork, power saws, grinders, chippers, and many other power tools, as
well as specialized trucks replaced old and obsolete equipment.
Acme Tree Service cleared
glide paths for government airports, cleared dead trees along state
roads, and cleared some 200,000 trees a year for electric and telephone
companies, as well as serviced private homes in 4 states: Kentucky,
Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio.
Some 20 years ago we
concentrated solely on private work which was much more satisfying, and
made us many friends along the way. During that time, we were called
back by AT&T to clear many miles through the hills of Kentucky for
We are very proud of our
work, and the second and third generations of Griffins are carrying on
as my son, Donald 'Don' Griffin, and his sons, Kevin, Patrick
and Brien, get many hundreds of compliments on their fine work.”
The patriarch of the
Griffin family set such a fine example of hard work and ethical
standards that when Don took over as owner in the mid 1970s with his
wife Rita and their sons; they sought to continue that example. Now in
present times we’ve grown from just doing tree work to also doing
landscaping, and we are now known as Acme Tree and Landscape Service.
Not only have we grown as a business, but also as a family, as we now
have a forth generation of Griffins; Corey, Kevin and Alex, sons of
Brien, Kevin, and Pat respectively.
As any business and family
should, we have of course polished our skills and sharpened our
knowledge, new technology has played a helping hand too, but honest hard
work is still the backbone of our livelihood. We are proud to be long
time members of the community, and we still prefer our focus on private
work; we count among our customers, old friends and now their children,
old clients and now their children, other small business, and local
schools and churches.
While Jack passed in 1996, we continue
the tradition and legacy he started. We look forward to many more years
working with our long time friends and customers, but our focus is
always on the ones we have yet to meet and serve.
To enhance the beauty of nature,
and keep it safe and healthy for the enjoyment of our family, friends and
To accomplish this mission we
have committed ourselves and our staff to excellence in skills and
knowledge. To that end we attend industry related seminars and keep
current with all relevant publications; we also only hire the best
people who are willing to grow and learn with us. We are a family
business and our goal is to treat all our customers as members of the
family. No job is ever complete until our customers are fully satisfied
with the work we have done.