Livingston new tenant at Elgin Industrial Park

By Trish Yerges, Correspondent September 16, 2010 07:47 am
TRISH YERGES photo COLOR-ENRICHED MULCH: Todd Livingston, owner of Livingston Tree Service and Wood Recycling, displays three samples of mulch produced at his new organic recycling plant at 850 Inkwood Street in Elgin. The mulch comes in three colors: black, mahogany and red and is used for landscaping purposes.
TRISH YERGES photo COLOR-ENRICHED MULCH: Todd Livingston, owner of Livingston Tree Service and Wood Recycling, displays three samples of mulch produced at his new organic recycling plant at 850 Inkwood Street in Elgin. The mulch comes in three colors: black, mahogany and red and is used for landscaping purposes.
ELGIN — The industrial park has gained a new tenant, Livingston LLC, operating under the assumed business name of Livingston Tree Service and Wood Recycling. The company is owned by Todd Livingston and has been in operation for the past 14 years.

Livingston and his family live in rural Elgin and moved here from the Redmond area about five years ago. There Livingston conducted business as a residential contractor and operated a cabinet shop, but his lumber and tree service experience has even deeper roots.

“I am a third generation tree guy,” said Livingston. “My grandpa was in the logging business, and he ran a saw mill. My dad ran a tree service in Portland. I began running my own business right out of high school. Today all my kids work with me. My wife and I have six kids under the age of 10, and they are all workers.”

Livingston purchased the four-acre lot at 850 Inkwood from Les Trick last July. Construction of the company’s offices has begun and is slated for completion this month. The three-room building has a drive-through customer service window where deliveries of organic recyclables may be checked-in and received at no charge.

The free drop-off service will accept grass clippings, leaves, branches and wood from local contractors, lawn care companies and the general public. Drop-offs may be made during business hours 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment on Saturdays.

“Our services have recently expanded to include a tub grinder which grinds large quantities of wood,” said Livingston’s administrative manager Suzanne Hanson. “It’s a mobile unit which can be taken to logging sites to grind slash piles, to land clearing jobs or construction sites.”

The tub grinder is the only commercial grinder of its kind in the county and is capable of grinding clean, unpainted construction debris, said Livingston.

“We’re now using all the stuff we used to waste,” said Livingston. “At our plant site here we’ll create compost, hog fuel and color-enriched mulch for landscaping use. We will also do custom saw milling and offer fire wood for sale.”

In addition to the plant’s green operation, Livingston will continue to offer its traditional tree services, including free on-site estimates, tree trimming, stump removal and grinding services.

“Everything to do with trees, we do it, residential or commercial,” said Livingston.

Livingston Tree Service and Wood Recycling currently employs three full-time workers and works along with three subcontractors, Livingston said. For more information on drop-offs or needed tree services, call Hanson at 541-437-1490. The website is www.livingstonwoodrecyclers.com.