SOURCE: Initial Tropical Plants

February 06, 2007 09:00 ET

Initial Tropical Plants Awards Knoxville/Nashville Region as 2006 Branch of the Year

RIVERWOODS, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 6, 2007 -- Old-fashioned hard work combined with a hearty dose of southern hospitality result in Initial Tropical Plants' award to the Knoxville/Nashville region as the recipients of the 2006 Branch of the Year award. Initial Tropical Plants, www.initialplants.com, the largest provider of interior landscaping, design installation and maintenance services to businesses in North America, extends an annual award to the geographic market that leads the company in client retention, organic growth and profit performance. Led by Al Martin, the Knoxville/Nashville branch serves corporate, medical, entertainment and hospitality clients in Chattanooga, Nashville, Knoxville, Johnson City, Kingsport and Bristol.

Al Martin's Tennessee team of interior plantscape professionals reported a 95.9% client retention rate for 2006 which is the company's highest branch retention rate on record. Esteemed area clients include Covenant Health which is East Tennessee's leading healthcare provider, The Simon Malls' West Town Home Mall in Knoxville, Deloitte & Touche USA, The Country Music Hall of Fame and Nashville's Mall at Green Hills.

Initial Tropical Plants, which posted one of its best North American performances ever in 2006, believes their overall business has been boosted by the strong economy coupled with the company's comprehensive focus on customer pampering. "Initial Tropical Plants' Knoxville/Nashville branch consistently demonstrates their commitment to service excellence," said Bob Thomas, President of Initial Tropical Plants, based in the company's Riverwoods, Illinois headquarters. "Day in and day out, Al Martin's team of talented interior plantscape professionals exceed customers' expectations."

"We are honored to receive the 'Branch of the Year' award," said Al Martin, Vice President, Initial Tropical Plants, based in Knoxville, Tennessee. "Our high client retention rate and continued revenue growth is a result of our hard-working team who focus all of their attention on providing solutions and care specific to each client." This customer-service focus reflects a systemized commitment from the organization overall which ensures that all client calls are tracked and responded to within 24 hours.

About Initial Tropical Plants:

Initial Tropical Plants, Inc. is the largest provider of interior landscaping, design installation and maintenance services in North America. They have earned this leadership position by providing innovative year-round plant programs to businesses that improve the quality of life in the workplace while presenting an aesthetically pleasing business environment. Initial Tropical Plants is a subsidiary of Rentokil Initial plc, (LSE: RTO), a publicly traded international business-to-business service organization based in the UK. For more information, visit Initial Tropical Plants website at: www.initialplants.com.

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