Knox Lane, a San Francisco-based middle-market investment firm focused on partnering with businesses in the services and consumer sectors, has acquired a majority stake in Ruppert Landscape Inc., a provider of commercial landscape services.

Ruppert, founded in 2004, is a family and employee-owned business. The company serves over 3,500 customers throughout the Northeast, mid-Atlantic and Southeastern U.S., employing over 1,800 professionals across 30 branch locations. The partnership with Knox Lane works to support the Ruppert team’s growth within current and adjacent markets, both organically and through strategic acquisitions.

“We look forward to leveraging Knox Lane’s extensive operational expertise and experience building and scaling high-quality businesses as we continue our focus on our team, customers, and innovation across all facets of the company,” says Craig Ruppert, founder and CEO, and Phil Key, president of Ruppert Landscape.

Robert W. Baird & Co. served as financial advisor to Ruppert and Fox Rothschild LLP acted as legal counsel. Solomon Partners served as financial advisor and Kirkland & Ellis LLP acted as legal counsel to Knox Lane.