Ruppert Landscape, Inc. has acquired New River Landscape, Inc., a Raleigh, N.C., based company that provides commercial grounds management services for many of Raleigh’s prominent properties. The transaction includes the purchase of commercial landscape management contracts, trucks, equipment and the hiring of employees. The commercial clients are primarily based in the counties of Wake, Orange, Durham Counties, Robeson and Guilford.

David Blakeley, the founder of New River Landscape and industry veteran with nearly 30 years of experience, has been developing relationships in the Raleigh market for over 15 years. He will continue to run a related business he owns that services Charlotte and other markets.

Blakeley’s business partner, Jeff Sosa, who has been largely responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Raleigh operation, is joining the Ruppert team and will play an integral management role. He brings with him over 20 years of industry experience and will be an invaluable asset in the transition and restructuring that will occur.