Decatur: Georgia's First Bee City

Decatur: Georgia's First Bee City

According to the AJC, the city of Decatur is now an official safe haven for bees, which was announced during National Pollinator Week (June 20-26) – designated as a time to celebrate pollinators and spread awareness on how we can all help to protect them from declining populations, including bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles.
On Monday this week, city officials voted to adopt a resolution that designates Decatur as a “Bee City“, the first official bee city in the state of Georgia. As part of this designation, the city agrees to celebrate National Pollinator Week, host educational events, and plant & restore sustainable bee habitats. Decatur will also install a Bee City USA street sign in a prominent location, in recognition of the city’s effort and participation.
This initiative is part of the city’s larger plan to support urban gardening, according to Mayor Patti Garrett. “Bees are of critical importance to gardens,” Garrett said.
According to Bee City USA, being a Bee City is a way for city leaders to improve their communities’ environment, eating habits, and overall economy by:

  • Helping to ensure the survival of vital animal species crucial to our planet’s complex food web
  • Raising community awareness of how our food grows and improve local food production through expanded pollination. More than 150 food crops in the United States depend on pollinators, including blueberries, apples, squash, strawberries and almonds.
  • Improving local plant nursery markets by increasing demand for native, pollinator friendly plants
  • Raising community awareness of the dangers of non-native invasive plants to the local ecosystem
  • Raising community awareness of the least toxic ways to deal with home and garden pest problems
  • Raising community awareness of the local environment’s seasonality as understanding grows about the pollinators’ reliance on blooming plants and trees
  • Encouraging urban beekeeping, increasing micro and small business opportunities. Newly discovered pride in local food products, such as artisanal honey and other honey bee products, creates new business opportunities. Honey is absolutely unique to the nearby flowers from which the bees gather nectar. Its taste and color vary dramatically as a result. Furthermore, as the community of beekeepers grows, the market for beekeeping supplies grows.

 
 

Decatur: Georgia's First Bee City

Decatur: Georgia’s First Bee City

According to the AJC, the city of Decatur is now an official safe haven for bees, which was announced during National Pollinator Week (June 20-26) – designated as a time to celebrate pollinators and spread awareness on how we can all help to protect them from declining populations, including bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles.

On Monday this week, city officials voted to adopt a resolution that designates Decatur as a “Bee City“, the first official bee city in the state of Georgia. As part of this designation, the city agrees to celebrate National Pollinator Week, host educational events, and plant & restore sustainable bee habitats. Decatur will also install a Bee City USA street sign in a prominent location, in recognition of the city’s effort and participation.

This initiative is part of the city’s larger plan to support urban gardening, according to Mayor Patti Garrett. “Bees are of critical importance to gardens,” Garrett said.

According to Bee City USA, being a Bee City is a way for city leaders to improve their communities’ environment, eating habits, and overall economy by:

  • Helping to ensure the survival of vital animal species crucial to our planet’s complex food web
  • Raising community awareness of how our food grows and improve local food production through expanded pollination. More than 150 food crops in the United States depend on pollinators, including blueberries, apples, squash, strawberries and almonds.
  • Improving local plant nursery markets by increasing demand for native, pollinator friendly plants
  • Raising community awareness of the dangers of non-native invasive plants to the local ecosystem
  • Raising community awareness of the least toxic ways to deal with home and garden pest problems
  • Raising community awareness of the local environment’s seasonality as understanding grows about the pollinators’ reliance on blooming plants and trees
  • Encouraging urban beekeeping, increasing micro and small business opportunities. Newly discovered pride in local food products, such as artisanal honey and other honey bee products, creates new business opportunities. Honey is absolutely unique to the nearby flowers from which the bees gather nectar. Its taste and color vary dramatically as a result. Furthermore, as the community of beekeepers grows, the market for beekeeping supplies grows.

 

 

2015 Young Entrepreneur Award Winner

2015 Young Entrepreneur Award Winner

We are proud to announce that Stanford Phillips, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Northwest, was named the 2015 Young Entrepreneur Award from the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) on October 22nd, during its annual awards program in Nashville. The annual award was presented to Phillips in recognition of his stewardship in the industry, according to the National Pest Management Association. Phillips is a grandson of the original owners of Northwest Exterminating, L.A. and Emma Lene Phillips, who founded the company in 1951.

“I am very honored to be selected for this award,” Phillips said Thursday. “It’s a direct reflection of the great team we have at Northwest. I really view this as a team award.” Phillips also credited his national recognition to “the great success of Northwest.”

“I’m happy that Northwest is recognized as an innovative company that cares for their customers, community and team,” Phillips said.

To be considered for the award, nominees must be 40 years old or younger and working in the professional pest management industry. In order to be chosen to receive the national award, Phillips was evaluated on notable contributions made to his company in a management capacity, contributions to the pest management industry, and personal leadership and community involvement.

According to Scott Eubanks, Leader of Technical Services and Industry Relations at Northwest , “Stanford’s vision to help make Northwest Exterminating a company that provides healthier living and working environments led to the development of our green pest solutions. Beginning in 2006, Northwest Exterminating became the leader in green pest services,” Eubanks said in his nomination letter to NPMA. “Stanford has spoken on a national level regarding business development and topics on green pest control solutions.”

Eubanks said that Stanford has been crucial in the company’s recent growth.

“Stanford Phillips has been instrumental in growing and developing Northwest Exterminating as a company that creates a healthier living and working environment for both internal and external customers,” Eubanks said. “When Stanford came on board in 2002, Northwest Exterminating had six service centers, and has now grown to over 20 service centers and departments.”

Along with being a leader within Northwest and in the pest control industry, Stanford is also a leader within his community.

“His vision is not just to offer others healthier solutions through greener products, but also to improve the quality of life for both internal and external customers of Northwest,” Eubanks said. “Outside of Northwest, he has also implemented The Good Deed Team that goes out into the community and performs random acts of kindness, such as buying groceries or school supplies for those in need.”

Stanford also supports Northwest Exterminating’s fundraising efforts for various charitable organizations, Eubanks said, such as: the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Breast Cancer Awareness, Must Ministries, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and Toys for Tots.

More about Northwest

Northwest Exterminating specializes in residential and commercial termite controlpest controlmosquito controlwildlife services, heating and coolinglawn care, and insulation.

In 2013, the company was ranked as the seventh “Best Place to Work” among mid-sized companies in by the Atlanta Journal constitution and, in its 64 years in business, the Marietta-based company has grown from a family of 2 to more than 400 employees.

Today, the founders’ son, Steve Phillips (Stanford’s father), is President of the company and Stanford’s brother, Stephen Phillips, serves as the leader of operations.

Find out more about Northwest Exterminating here.

Northwest Exterminating Opens Acworth Service Center

Northwest Exterminating Opens Acworth Service Center

Northwest Exterminating Announces the Opening of its Acworth Service Center

Marietta, GA – Northwest Exterminating, the Southeast’s leader in “Green” Pest Control, recently opened it’s 19th service center.  This new facility is in the city of Acworth, GA and is now the company’s 4th location in Cobb County.  At 3650 New McEver Road, the new service center is conveniently located near the historic downtowns of both Kennesaw and Acworth.  Once plans for the new office were solidified in 2013, several company committee members were ready and eager to get started on the new service center.  The doors were officially opened on Thursday, January 09, 2014.

Northwest has serviced customers in Acworth and its surrounding areas since 1951 and is excited for the opportunity to provide a greater presence within the community as a whole.  The foundation of the company’s core values is to put customer’s first.  As a result, Northwest Exterminating continues to realize its vision of growth and is proud of its firm standing within the pest control market.

About Northwest Exterminating                                    

Northwest Exterminating is a family owned and operated exterminating company.  It was established in 1951 by the husband and wife team of L.A. Phillips and Emma Lene Phillips. The company was founded on the values of honesty, integrity, and excellence. Today these values still remain the core principals of Northwest Exterminating.  The company has grown from a family of 2 to a family of over 300 team members and multiple service centers throughout Georgia and Tennessee, while also servicing South Carolina and Alabama. We specialize in residential and commercial termite control, pest control, mosquito control, wildlife services, lawn care, and insulation.

For more information on Northwest Exterminating, our services, and our locations that service Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, and South Carolina, visit us at callnorthwest.com.

Aimee's Wing FINISHED!

We are so proud to have been a part of the project to build a wing for Aimee Copeland!  Thank you to Pulte Homes and the other 50 trade partners that donated their time and materials to renovate the Copeland home.  The 1,956 sq ft addition includes a rehab and fitness room, a bedroom with a sitting area, a fully accessible bathroom, and a study where Aimee can finish her psychology thesis.

Aimee and her family have been such a huge inspiration to us at Northwest Exterminating, the state of Georgia, and all over the country!  We can’t wait to see what’s next for this young woman!

Aimee's Wing Project

The story of 24 year old Aimee Copeland has captivated not only Georgia residents but the entire nation!  Aimee’s story is one of bravery, hope, faith, and strength.  After a zip-lining accident on May 1, Amy developed a flesh eating bacteria that led to the loss of her left leg, right foot, and both hands.  Through this horrible ordeal, Aimee and her family have remained both hopeful and positive.  Aimee’s story is truly one of inspiration!!

When we heard that Pulte Homes/Del Webb Homes was putting together a team of contractors to build a wing for Aimee, we jumped at the chance to help out this family!  1,970 square feet is being added to the Copeland family home, being dubbed “Aimee’s Wing”.  The addition will be completed in 40 days, just in time for Aimee’s exit from rehabilitation.  40 days may not seem long to build the addition but cannot compare to the hard work and dedication that Aimee is putting in while taking part in her rehab.

Northwest Exterminating is doing the termite pretreatment for the addition of Aimee’s Wing.  We are so proud to be a part of this project.    “It is an honor to be able to give back to such an inspirational young woman.  She’s touched the lives of many people and we’re grateful to be a part of this project” says Randy Wilhite, Director of Builder Development at Northwest Exterminating.  Aimee’s strength and courage have been an inspiration to all of us at Northwest Exterminating!

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For more information on Aimee’s story and how you can help visit www.aimeecopeland.com

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