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Ackerman out, Salmeron back in at Complete Landscaping Systems

02/12/2014 4:32 PM

06/25/2014 5:53 PM

WICHITA — Peter Salmeron is back at Complete Landscaping Systems – the company he founded in 1983 then sold in 2010 – but it's unclear how long he'll remain or what will happen with the troubled business.

Laura Ackerman purchased Complete Landscaping around the time she and Salmeron were briefly married. Since then the business has been mired in various lawsuits and has struggled financially. Ackerman then declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy last year.

"The bankruptcy attorney asked me to come into the business because he felt that Laura is not competent," says Salmeron, who returned Jan. 15.

"I don't want to harm her ... but I can tell you the company has really suffered a lot," he says. "The company has gone from one of the leading companies in Wichita to one ... in Chapter 11."

Ackerman, who says she resigned Friday and turned over her stock, blames Salmeron for the company's current situation.

"Peter sold a bill of goods that he could take over all finances," she says. "I have no control of the finances, and it's going to fail."

She says Salmeron hasn't made payroll or insurance payments since he's been back.

"It's because she hasn't generated any money to pay anything," Salmeron says. "That's why they have asked me to come back and see if I can save the company."

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About Carrie Rengers

Carrie Rengers joined The Eagle's Business team in 2002 despite her inability to even balance a checkbook. Fortunately for her, and readers, her Have You Heard? blog is about business scoops and contains lots of news but almost no math.

A Michigan native, Carrie’s father was quite tragically transferred to Little Rock, Ark., in the middle of her sophomore year of high school. To make matters worse, her parents put her in a girls school. She recovered, though, and went on to enjoy being an English major at Hendrix College (the Harvard of the Ozarks, don’t you know). She worked for the weekly Arkansas Business and the statewide daily Arkansas Democrat-Gazette before moving to Wichita to be with her favorite writer and cook, husband Joe Stumpe.

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