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

The franchise, which is under the parent company of the Dwyer Group, saw a 260 percent growth in revenue from 2011 to 2012.

The next highest company saw a 153 percent increase.

The Grounds Guys of Union franchise is owned by Union resident Phil Klemme, who joined the franchise in February 2012.

The Grounds Guys began franchising in 2010 and topped 100 franchisees in 2012. There are now 122 franchises.

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

The Union location was the second in Missouri to be up and running.

“Since we joined The Grounds Guys, the franchise has more than doubled in size,” said Gary Butterfield, sales manager. “I feel as pioneers, we are setting an example and leading the way for future Grounds Guys franchises.”

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

The company’s motto is: “We show that we care by putting the needs of our customers first, by always having a positive and helpful attitude and by treating everyone and everything with respect. By living our code of values we enjoy life in the process.”