For the second year in a row, The Grounds Guys’ franchise was recognized in Landscape Management magazine as the green industry’s franchise with the largest revenue growth in one year.

A franchise is located in Union, at 515 E. Independence.

The franchise, which is under the parent company of the Dwyer Group, saw a 112 percent growth in revenue from 2012 to 2013.

“With its eye on refining financial awareness/accountability, strategic training and systems, the company plans to grow another 43 percent next year,” the magazine says.

Even though it is part of a franchise, the business is independently owned and operated.

The Grounds Guys of Union franchise is owned by Union resident Phil Klemme.

Klemme, who has a more than 30-year background in landscaping, was the 40th franchisee to sign on to The Grounds Guys.

Nationally, The Grounds Guys began franchising in 2010 and topped 100 franchisees in 2012. The Union location was the second in Missouri to be up and running.

“One of the things I’m most excited about is being a part of a growing franchise, on both a local and national level,” said Gary Butterfield, general manager. “Being a part of a franchise has really helped us deliver a better product to our customers and we look forward to continuing to grow.”