Ambius company history

Ambius’ roots stem back to 1963 when Gerry Leider, a young Chicago entrepreneur, launched Tropical Plant Rentals. In 1975, Tropical Plant Rentals began their expansion into other markets, becoming the leader in the emerging interiorscape industry. In 1988, Tropical Plant Rentals was sold to Rentokil Initial plc, the largest service based organization in the UK. At the time of this acquisition, Tropical Plant Rentals had achieved annual billings of over $30M. The company was renamed Rentokil Tropical Plant Services in 1988 and to Initial Tropical Plants in 2003. On March 24th 2008, Initial Tropical Plants, the leading interior plant company and service provider for the workplace, re-branded to Ambius. Our North American name change follows the global re-branding from Initial Tropical Plants and Rentokil Tropical Plants to Ambius which was launched in 12 countries in 2007.

The name Ambius was created from the word ambience. Our new name came from thinking about people and plants, and our role in creating the very best environment that people can work and relax in. The five leaf shapes of the Ambius leaf icon represent the five senses: sight, sound, smell, touch and taste. We believe an Ambius environment can stimulate people’s senses to inspire ideas, improve health and lift moods. While our ‘roots’ are clearly in beautifying work environments with plants, our new name reflects our expanded vision to enhance the total workplace environment and our ever expanding capabilities as the premiere provider of enhancing the quality of the work experience by engaging all five senses.

Today, Ambius North America, headquartered in Buffalo Grove, Illinois is the largest provider of interior landscaping, design installation and maintenance services in North America. Ambius is the leader at enhancing our customer’s brand image and improving quality of life in the workplace as they change the landscape of business interiors across North America.

Ambius' coworkers personify professionalism, integrity, reliability, and responsiveness. The average tenure of the Ambius executive management team exceeds two decades resulting in consistent, outstanding service delivery, client loyalty and satisfaction.

Ambius utilizes the latest technology to benefit customers. Tapping into CAD and photo imaging capabilities, our interior landscape design consultants can demonstrate how a facility will look after the Ambius crew has done their magic. Ambius is uniquely positioned to provide a comprehensive, single source personalized experience for all our customers. Ambius National customers enjoy the benefit of a National Help Desk, with trained personnel to handle any problem in any location within a matter of hours.

The company employs about 1,300 personnel in over 42 branches in North America. Ambius is a subsidiary of Rentokil Initial plc; (London Stock Exchange: RTO) a publicly traded international business-to-business organization based in the UK with over 77,000 employees worldwide. For more information visit Rentokil Initial plc’s web site.
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