The Ohio Landscape Association tapped the North Ridgeville, Ohio-based company to host its 2016 facility tour because of Schill’s 20-year reputation of eco-friendly, innovative and profitable business practices.
Schill has made an effort to employ sustainable practices throughout the company. Three years ago, it launched an environmentally motivated initiative by switching to propane mowers. Today, almost 80 percent of the mower fleet runs on propane. After adjusting to the learning curve, the crew is fully behind the move.
“Our maintenance needs [on the propane mowers] are about the same,” says Rick Izold, client care specialist. “And the mowers run about the same as they did on gasoline; the propane just burns cleaner.”
There have been many benefits, including the cost savings associated with propane. According to the maintenance team, a full tank of propane stretches further than gasoline, up to a full day, and offers more consistent prices than ever-fluctuating gasoline prices. Plus, the Schill team takes care of refilling tanks in-house.
Jerry Schill, co-owner and president of Schill, says switching to propane was the right move for his company. The fuel’s positive impact on the environment was the major factor in the decision.
“Propane produces a clean burn with no pollutants,” he says. “Plus, propane is a readily available, predictable source of energy that also creates jobs in our own marketplace.”
The switch also helps propane dealers in the area. Summer is the off-season for the propane industry, so the Schill team’s use of the fuel helps local businesses during the industry’s traditionally slow months. It’s a win-win, according to Schill.