Marshall Lawncare threw a party for owner and founder Robert Bodine last Friday.
Friday marked 36 years that Marshall Lawncare had been in business.
“I was working for Continental Grain when I started it,” Bodine said. “I had twin boys, Brad and Chad, on the way and that was the motivation.”
No one much was cutting grass commercially in those days, Bodine said. Continental was having trouble finding someone to keep its grounds and that was his first contract.
He had to get a large insurance policy to get the business. As word got out that he was bonded and insured, other businesses started calling. Bodine kept his day job and cut grass in the afternoons and on weekends in the beginning years. He went full-time with his business in 1990.
It has been a good run, he said. Today, he has 38 employees and multiple mowing machines, with the business based out of a large facility on Browns Valley Road. It has expanded to a lot more than just mowing grass over the years and includes all types of landscaping services.
His son Brad and wife Mary work in the business with him.
His superintendent is David Thrower.
Bodine is 60 but has no plans of retirement anytime soon. He collects Farmall tractors and has a “man cave” behind the business decorated in International Harvester red.
“There’s no phone service up here,” Robert said. “I just come up here when I need to get away for a little while.”
The anniversary celebration was held in his man cave, but the other big colors for the business – John Deere green and yellow – crept into the decorations.
Chris Clay, who worked closely with Bodine when starting his own business Clay Irrigation, brought him a custom made sign for the occasion – “Marshall Lawn Care, Still Mowing, Still Growing,” it read.