UPLAND, PA: March 2021 – For the last 75 years, C. Caramanico & Sons, Inc. has been a trusted landscaping company servicing over 10 of thousands of acres of turf and employing thousands of employees. C. Caramanico & Sons, Inc.’s mission is to build long lasting relationships with customers, vendors and employees by providing the highest level of landscaping service in the Greater Philadelphia Region.
From our start in 1946, C. Caramanico & Sons, Inc. has embraced a core value of charitable giving to local communities including youth leagues, schools, hospitals, charities and more. From field cleanups on Earth Day in the City of Chester to building new bikes for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia, C. Caramanico & Sons, Inc. is devoted to helping improve our community.
Let’s go back in time from the beginning…
PRE-WORLD WAR II
In the 1930s, Carmine Caramanico, an Italian immigrant, operated a small gardening service from his home in West Philadelphia, the Overbrook section of the city. Not being fluent in English, his young sons Dan and Dom helped him while attending school. Carmine had one truck and traveled to the suburbs to mow lawns. Dan and Dom helped him with the work and had to communicate with the customers and collect money for the services.
Having graduated from Saint Thomas More High School in June 1941, both sons were drafted in the army after Pearl Harbor was attacked and our country joined the allied forces in World War II. They promised Carmine they would support him and their mother Giovina while they were away. To make sure Carmine didn’t sell the one truck he owned, the boys parked the truck behind a neighbor’s garage and jacked it up. World War II ended, and Dan and Dom returned to Philadelphia and with their father began a new residential landscaping service called Carmine Caramanico & Sons, Landscape Gardening. With many new businesses in the workforce after the war, Carmine, Dan and Dom knew that they had to work hard to remain in business. However, it was not just hard work that would plant their business and make it grow. They sowed in strong values as well. Quality work, excellent customer service and building strong relationships were at the root of everything they did.
THE 50’S AND 60’S
Dan and Dom moved the business out of the city to Springfield in 1950. It was there that they quickly expanded their customer base as new residential construction was booming in Delaware County. The business expanded to include asphalt services, and soon they were one of the best providers of landscaping, driveways and walkways for the most prominent builders in area.
THE 70’S AND 80’S
A small nursery operation in Gradyville, PA was started to grow evergreens and flowering shrubs for the housing developments, and soon the sons were expanding into the commercial market by landscaping small office buildings and fast food restaurants. By that time the company had expanded to 20 employees. In 1985, Dan’s sons, Michael and John bought the business. They incorporated the business and turned their focus to commercial landscaping with a specialty in landscape maintenance and installation.
THE 90’S AND 2000’S
In the early 1990s, the business continued to expand and added excavation projects such as golf course and athletic field construction. Hardscaping, including patios and retaining walls, soon followed. In 1999, the business moved to Upland, Delaware County to a 3-acre complex that includes an office, a 5000-square-foot workshop for maintaining trucks and equipment, and outside storage for bulk materials and supplies. In 2013, the company was honored by The Delaware County Chamber of Commerce with the Family Business of the Year Award.
In 2014, John’s sons John Jr. and William bought the business and have focused on growing the commercial landscape maintenance division along with snow and ice services. John and Bill are 4th generation owners. They continue to operate from Upland in Delaware County, and have added satellite locations in West Chester PA, Camden NJ, and Allentown, PA.
The business has grown to 100+ associates and is regularly included in Landscape Management Magazine’s Top 150 list of Landscape Contractors. In 2015, C. Caramanico & Sons, Inc. was awarded a Merit Award of Excellence by the National Association of Landscape Professionals for Central Green at The Navy Yard. In 2016, the company’s Safety Committee was certified by the State of Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor and Industry. In 2018, John Jr and Bill introduced The Caramanico Way, a vision that describes the values, behaviors, principles, and practices that are the foundation of their unique culture. It explains how the entire company relates to each other, their clients, and even their suppliers. It’s who they are, and it’s what drives their extraordinary success.
Landscape Management’s Editor-in-Chief Seth Jones catches up with John Jr. & Bill Caramanico of C. Caramanico & Sons. The company will be celebrating 75 years in business later this year. The brothers speak about first breaking into the family company, the day they officially took over and more.
About C. Caramanico & Sons, Inc.
C. Caramanico & Sons, Inc. provides award-winning commercial landscape management services throughout the Greater Philadelphia area.