Blake Whittlesey, vice president of operations at Whittlesey Landscape Supplies, spoke with Studio 512 Co-Host Stephanie Gilbert about what his company is, what it does, and how it is involved with the Family Eldercare Summer Fan Drive.
Family Eldercare has been serving the Central Texas community for three decades now in one of the largest efforts of its kind dedicated to providing relief from the searing Texas heat for those in need.
How did Whittlesey Landscape Supplies and Recycling get its start in 1975?
“Clayton Whittlesey and his two older brothers founded Whittlesey Landscape Supplies in 1975 as a landscaping and lawn maintenance operation. We harvested railroad ties and sold them in the Austin area,” Blake Whittlesey said. “They expanded their yard in 1979, turning it into a full-service landscape supply yard, the first of its kind in the area to handle special mixes, garden soils, rock, stone, gravel, and compost. Eventually, we started manufacturing our own mulches, soil, aggregates in the bulk. We started to bag the product and offering delivery services to not only commercial companies, but homeowners as well.”
What has Whittlesey become today and what are the services and products you offer?
“We have had a great foundation to grow from that Dad helped develop. We have expanded to servicing other locations such as Round Rock, Liberty Hill, and the Hill Country,” Whittlesey said. “We now offer products by the bag, bulk, and ton. We manufacture about 75% of what we sell. Whittlesey also owns a fleet of trucks from end dumps to floats to haul its specialty landscape materials and bagged materials. Manufacturing and having its own fleet of trucks ensures Whittlesey’s ability to give its customers the great service, consistency, quality, and reliability that they have come to know and trust. With such a wide-ranging list of product offerings and an efficient fleet of equipment, Whittlesey Landscape Supplies & Recycling and its staff continue to serve a large variety of customers in and around Austin and Central Texas. Whittlesey has expanded into the roll-off dumpster division and now sells turf.”
We know you guys are a big part of the communities your locations are located in, but what made you want to get involved with the Family Eldercare Summer Fan Drive?
“We started talking to Jim Spencer last year about the Summer Fan Drive and one thing led to another about the partnership. Both Austin and Central Texas have been so good to me and my family. My whole family agrees that we need to continue to give back to the communities we are involved in because it has given so much to all of us. It is all about helping people and giving back to the community. It makes me sick and breaks my heart to think of an elderly person sitting in a hot house with no A/C or air. God bless Family Eldercare. We are so happy and honored to be a part of such a great organization.”
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