Two tree companies with local roots are joining forces.
Longtime friends and arborists Tom Morra, owner of T.F. Morra Tree Care, and Westport resident Eric Whipple, owner of Westport-based Whipple Tree, merged their companies recently.
The combined firm will keep the T.F. Morra Tree Care name with Mr. Whipple handling much of the work in Westport and surrounding towns.
Mr. Whipple (who's also a talented musician) and his brother Brad had worked together at Whipple Tree but that partnership ended after their father passed away and Brad moved to Florida to take over their father' commercial fishing business.
That left Eric Whipple trying to juggle tree work, office chores, sales — "the works," Mr. Morra said. "It gets overwhelming — this I know from personal experience."
"This now allows him more time to focus on doing the really high quality work that has earned him a great reputation in the Westport, Tiverton, Little Compton area," Mr. Morra said.
Morra Tree Care has focused primarily on the East Side of Providence and East Bay area, while Whipple has had a South Shore focus.
"It puts us right where we want to be, in towns where people truly value trees, where trees are considered resources, not nuisances," Mr. Morra said.
And the joint effort comes at an opportune time for both since demand for tree service here has been heavy since the early February snowstorm 'Nemo.'
The amount of damage to cedars, arborvitaes was unbelievable," Mr. Morra said. "We are still catching up from that."
T.F. Morra Tree Care (and the former Whipple Tree, can be reached at 401-331-8527 or 508-558-7337 (508-55Trees).