Sixty-Eight Years of Enhancing Environments
The firm was founded in 1948 by Floyd Moore as soon as he got out of high school with startup money saved from mowing lawns in the summertime. Moore Landscapes, LLC has since become one of the larger commercial landscaping companies in the billion dollar Chicago landscape market.
The early client list of the company (originally called Moore’s Landscape & Nursery) included mostly residential maintenance projects on Chicago’s wealthy North Shore along Lake Michigan but expanded in the early 1960’s into larger commercial installation and maintenance projects. Two of the bigger accounts back then were the Signode Steel Company (now part of Illinois Tool Works) and the Chicago Park District. Both of who remain loyal clients to this day.
- The company grew into the multi-family arena with the help of the Rubloff Company in 1962 by installing the landscape for their huge Sandburg Village community now regarded as the impetus for the aesthetic improvement of the famous Gold Coast neighborhood of old brownstone rowhouses and greystone mansions and bordered on the east by Lake Shore Drive and Lake Michigan.
- In the 1970’s the company took on larger multi-family installation projects including the Mission Hills Golf Course Community in suburban Northbrook, one of the early pioneer golf clubs in Chicago that developed attached housing and condominiums around its 18 fairways, greens, and water courses.
- In the late 70’s and early 80’s, the second landscape-generation Moore boys, Victor and Eric, started full time employment with the company after working most of their childhoods in the company, including summers during their college days and winters plowing snow during their vacations from school.
- Floyd and Marie began retirement from the company in 1984. Victor became President, Eric – the Vice President and the brothers started a buyout process from their parents. They promoted people from within the company to new management positions, many of whom had started out in the field with them as laborers and foreman.
- Three of the people responsible for the company’s growth and profitability in the 80’s and 90’s who continue with the firm today are:
- Stacey Diedrick, Executive Vice President of Business Operations
- Christopher Coe, Vice President of Construction
- Bill Parker, Regional Vice President