FEATURE ARTICLE: The Kurtz Bros.
There are certain components common to every successful company – exceptional customer service, a commitment to create the absolute best product at the most fair price, a familiar team of loyal staff members, a passion for innovation with a fearlessness to expand and explore new procedures or plans of action to improve the process or the end result, a fortitude to bring brainstormed ideas to fruition, and a desire to leave people, places, and things better than how they are found.
Kurtz Bros., Inc. has all these components – and more.
Initially established back in 1948 by Mel “Pa” and Dolores “Ma” Kurtz as a topsoil provider to farmers seeking better soil for their crops, today this Independence-based, regional, family-run Kurtz Bros., Inc. is a multi-faceted, forward-thinking, and environment-friendly leader in both innovative landscaping materials and trendsetting recycling services.
Built on a solid foundation of down-to-earth family values for Mel, Dolores, and their 7 children, an unbridled entrepreneurial spirit, and an ever-present, steadfast commitment to “(always) make (choices that make) the good earth better!” this unique business successfully transforms another’s cast-offs not only into breathtakingly-beautiful landscaping treasures for residential properties and sports fields but also into eco-friendly, high-tech solutions for Ohio communities and construction companies.
For any individual, organization, community, or corporation interested in improving, nurturing, or beautifying their natural surroundings – whether just outside their front door, encircling their brick and mortar business building, across their rooftop (!), or at their community’s playing field, Kurtz Brothers, Inc. is the first (and only) company to contact. The unique, affordable, and quality products, services, solutions, and ideas they offer individuals, businesses, and communities position them like the North Star above the desert sky, the lighthouse through a night’s storm, and the giant redwood in the forest. They are the company others look to for direction. They are trendsetting, yet tangible. They are a vast corporation, yet focused on the individual and his/her particular project. They are corporate professionals, yet family-owned and operated.
While there are various branches and offshoots to what they offer, there are two main seeds of business they have planted, nurture, and continue to grow across Ohio and neighboring regions – landscaping and recycling.
For the NE Ohio topography, the company offers soil for every landscaping goal and challenge imaginable. They have specific soils *for establishing lawns and landscape beds, *for general landscape construction projects, *for raised flower, shrub, and ornamental tree beds, *for Rain Gardens, *for growing greens on rooftops (!),*for promoting stronger, healthier plants, *for commercial potting needs, *for planting gardens and all types of flowers, shrubs and trees *for optimum drainage, and *for moisture retention. Whatever the goal, Kurtz Bros., Inc. has a nutrient-rich topsoil to make it blossom!
The mulch they offer is just as varied and specific as their topsoil. They have mulch that is from a 100% recycled product that doesn’t rot or attract insects but provides a deep, rich, long-lasting color to walkways, paths, and around shrubs and flowers. There’s mulch that is beautiful, finely-ground, long-lasting, weed-preventing, and colored-enhanced created from reclaimed wood. There’s natural mulch made from hardwood bark. There’s the popular, affordable, and soil-fortifying mulch ideal for backfill when tree planting or as a weed-free seed cover. And there’s even mulch they offer that is specifically designed for use on playgrounds or for walking paths! Committed to promote environmental sustainability with all their products – mulch included – Kurtz Bros., Inc. pioneered the process of recycling clean wood waste to produce the popular color-enhanced mulch.
For help with creating a jaw-dropping, goosebump-inflicting landscape architectural design for your home or business, Kurtz Bros., Inc. Landscape Centers feature beautiful displays by Belgard, Unilock, and Techo-Bloc to view up close and in person! Their newest nursery facility south of 270 on Westerville Road has a vast selection of flowers, perennials, trees, and shrubs fr your project. If all the awesome choices they offer still seem overwhelming or you need help with a truly authentic look for your property, the Kurtz Brothers employ dedicated staff members who are knowledgeable, creative, certified, and experienced in the various facets of landscape design. Uniquely, Kurtz Bros., Inc. landscape division also encompasses construction and maintenance materials specifically created for all levels of sports playing fields and private and competitive equine arenas.
Acknowledged and turned to as a resource and leader in recycling solutions, the Kurtz Bros., Inc. recycling division offers homeowners, communities, and construction companies several wonderful options, solutions, and services that reuse and reclaim materials that would have previously ended up in a landfill. Their top-of-the-line Material Reclamation Facility in Brooklyn Heights wonderfully recycles 1200 tons of construction and demolition materials each day! Debris such as pallets, scrap lumber, tree limbs, and other forms of untreated wood waste are recovered and reclaimed for use in Kurtz Bros., Inc.’s composting applications and colored mulch products. Construction and demolition wastes that Kurtz Bros., Inc. recycles include carpet, wood, aggregate, metal, wallboard, plastic, asphalt, brick, concrete, drywall, fixtures, flooring, gravel, green waste, pallets, paper, pipe, roofing, shingles, and non-toxic foundry sand.
To address and provide a solution for environmental issues in our community, Kurtz Bros., Inc. operates several organic recycling facilities throughout Ohio. They offer a unique Yard Waste Drop Off Service on Canal Road in Valley View where they accept (and then recycle and reuse) yard trimmings, branches, brush, wood waste, food scraps, paper/paperboard products, and other organic waste from individual, municipalities, and private industries. For a nominal fee, yard waste may be dropped off at any of their store and production locations. While tree trimmings can be dropped off for FREE at their Bridgeview, Avon, and North Royalton production sites, they don’t accept stumps, roots, sod, or anything from below the ground!
True to their vision to continue to keep the good earth green and leave things better than how they find them, The Kurtz Bros., Inc. is actively involved in countless other far-reaching and eco-friendly projects, including their work with The U.S. Green Building Council. This non-profit organization is committed to creating a sustainable future through the design and building of cost and energy efficient “green” buildings. As a result of this mission, USGBC developed Leadership in Energy and Environmental Development (LEED) to encourage, promote, and acknowledge sustainable buildings. LEED allows both commercial and residential building owners the unique opportunity to have their building deemed “green” if a set of strict standards is adhered to and steadfastly followed.
Additional products and services they provide include: various rock salts for making walkways and roads safer through Ohio’s winters, rental of demolition and construction roll-off containers for construction and demolition debris, wood, and organic materials, and use of slinger trucks for customers who have limited access areas to conventional dump trucks. Further, Kurtz Bros., Inc. provides consulting services for every aspect of landscaping and recycling, including the challenges communities have in dealing with and effectively managing solid waste. Their solutions are all in conformance with current federal requirements, including the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA), and all State, County and local regulations.
NE Ohio is truly fortunate to be the home soil of Kurtz Bros., Inc. ~ a family company dedicated to ensuring the arena where your horse trots, the ball field where your child runs, the bed where your garden grows, and the yard where you walk barefoot ~ are all created with sustaining the good earth in mind.
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