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Civil | DENNIS’ 7 DEES Tough Under Pressure In addition to its service offerings, Dennis’ 7 Dees operates four garden supply stores. DENNIS’ 7 DEES HAS ESTABLISHED A REPUTATION FOR TAKING ON DIFFICULT PROJECTS. BY ALAN DORICH « A www.dennis7dees.colion • Sales: $18 mil ortland, Ore. • Headquarters: P50 million • Employees: $2scape and maintenance • Services: Land Dennis’ 7 Dees m h [our “Our job lois togooelp and be clients] leok –Davd Snodgrass, president profitab .” id Dennis’ 7 Dees specializes in landscape and maintenance services. « fter 56 years, Dennis’ 7 Dees remains successful by maintaining an environment that nurtures employee retention, President David Snodgrass says. “When I look around, one of [our] biggest rewards and accomplishments is that people stay [here],” he says. Based in Portland, Ore., Dennis’ 7 Dees specializes in landscape and maintenance services, and operates four garden supply stores. The firm’s history goes back to 1956, when Snodgrass’s parents, Robert and Merle Snodgrass, started their own company, Seven Dees Nursery and Landscaping. Both were lovers of plants, and Merle Snodgrass’s father had operated his own nursery since 1927. When the couple founded the company, they chose the name “Seven Dees” because the first names of their seven children all started with the letter “d.” Throughout the years, Seven Dees added multiple locations and separate cooperative businesses, which included Dennis’ 7 Dees, which was operated by one of the oldest Snodgrass sons, Dennis Snodgrass. In 2004, David Snodgrass and his brothers, Drew and Dean, purchased the Dennis’ 7 Dees locations and merged them with their landscaping company. Today, David Snodgrass says, the company employs a staff of 250 that includes many who have been with the firm at least 30 years. “I think people enjoy coming to work [here],” he says. “It’s more than just work – it’s a big part of their lives.” Dennis’ 7 Dees has nurtured this environment by treating its employees with respect and maintaining an “open book” management style, Snodgrass says. “People are free to work within [this] environment and contribute at their highest level,” he says. Valuable Experience Dennis’ 7 Dees serves a broad customer base, Snodgrass says. “They come from all places, whether they be do-it-yourselfers or whether they be general contractors with who we have a long relationship with,” he says. The firm’s recent projects include rooftop gardens in downtown Portland. 90 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2012 http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - September/October 2012
Construction Law
Green Construction
Best Practices
Lighting Technology
HDC Development Cos.
NorthPoint Development
Cornish & Carey Commercial Newmark Knight Frank – Moffett Towers
Demar Plumbing Corp.
Howard S. Wright – Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center
Rommel Cos.
NOW Specialties Inc.
NOW Specialties Inc.
Sioux Chief Manufacturing Co.
Victor International
Starwood Land Ventures
LaValley Building Supply
Congress Construction
McCormack Baron Salazar Inc.
Related California – The Village at Santa Monica
Ricco Construction
Taisei Construction Corp.
WPM Construction
WPM Construction – WR Sage West Apartments
Flagger Force
Miami International Airport – North Terminal improvements
Graham Construction and Engineering – Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade
Hydrema US Inc.
CARCON Industries
Dennis’ 7 Dees
G.W. Peoples Contracting Co. Inc.
International Airport Development Co. Ltd. – Argyle International Airport
TL Wallace Construction Inc.
TL Wallace Construction Inc.
Morrison Hershfield – Newfoundland
APEX Block Corp.
Teqton Inc. U.S.
Dakota Transload
Empyrean Services
West Side Tractor Sales Co.
U.S. General Services Administration/VCC – FBI field building
Kohler Ronan LLC
Turner Construction – Martin Army Community Hospital
Last Look

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