Carrie Rengers

Complete Landscaping makes key buy

In a move that could make it the area's largest grounds maintenance company, Complete Landscaping Systems has purchased Green Thumb for almost $1 million.

"It's in a strategic position for sales because they brought in with them some key accounts we were interested in pursuing," says Peter Salmeron , who owns Complete Landscaping.

Green Thumb has $2.6 million in annual sales.

This year, Complete Landscaping had almost $10 million in sales. With the acquisition of some additional national accounts and the purchase of Green Thumb, Salmeron expects sales to double in 2010 to almost $20 million.

Earlier this year, Inc. magazine named Complete Landscaping No. 1,582 on its annual list of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in America. Complete Landscaping services 3,000 properties outside of Wichita.

"Every day new opportunities come our way," Salmeron says.

His 27-year-old company has about 60 employees, as does Green Thumb. Salmeron plans to keep Green Thumb's management team along with most of its employees.

Salmeron says the acquisition will increase Complete Landscaping's purchasing power.

Also, he says, "It will enhance the service we will provide for our customers."

The purchase of the company will be complete Jan. 15.

"We have made a good faith deposit today," Salmeron says.

Hall lands at KEYN

Earlier this month, Have You Heard? speculated that Don Hall would be back on the air soon.

He was spotted visiting Connoisseur Media and Entercom Communications . Our bet was he'd land at Entercom's KEYN, 103.7-FM .

If only we'd placed some money on it.

That's where Hall is going to be the new morning man starting Monday.

"He's an extremely high-profile and popular radio personality," says Jackie Wise , Entercom's vice president and general manager. "He really fits the bill on personality. He brings a lot of it to the airwaves."

Hall was on KZSN , 102.1-FM , for five years before Clear Channel Radio replaced him this summer with former Oklahoma City disc jockey Anthony "The Antman "Allen .

KEYN program director Jack Oliver has been on the station in the mornings and will continue as Hall's sidekick.

Wise says she and Oliver have both worked with Hall previously and wanted to again.

"It's something that we've talked about for years," she says.

Hall began his career with KEYN in 1974.

The station recently tweaked its format and dropped a lot of its '60s music. It plays music from the late '60s, the '70s and the early '80s.

Wise says, "We'll actually be playing much of the music that we played when Don started with KEYN."

You don't say

"It's a double whammy."

_ Clear Channel's Tom Glade on ice problems that have knocked out signals for B98-FM and KZSN (which have been off since Sunday and should be back on the air sometime today)