Chris Ivester had a comfortable indoor job working as a design engineer for CenturyLink.
But indoor office work isn’t 26-year-old Ivester’s idea of a dream job.
At 16, he lived in a line shack, a small cabin built on an open range, while tending cattle in Nevada. At 17 he worked at a sawmill in Duchesne, and at 18, he worked as a logger in eastern Utah.
In March 2013, Ivester left CenturyLink to devote his efforts full-time to his home-based business, Ivester Tree and Lawn, Inc., at 207 S. 100 East in Tooele City.
“The design engineer job just wasn’t my kind of job,” he said while seated at a desk in a detached garage behind his home. The garage currently serves as the office and shop for his multi-service business.
“I have been doing tree and lawn work on the side to earn a little extra cash for about three years,” he added. “I decided this spring to make it my full-time job.”
This winter’s storms have kept Ivester busy doing snow removal. He also does small engine repair on any brand or model of small engines, including lawnmowers, snow blowers, chain saws, generators, tillers/cultivators, and ATVs.
“Right now I have a 24-hour turn around time on small engine repairs, unless I have to wait for parts,” Ivester said.
When the snow melts and the spring thaw comes, he will be busy with full-service lawn care, which includes mowing, trimming, edging, aerating, power raking, mulching, shrub trimming, clean up, and sprinkler repair and installation.
Ivester puts his logging experience to work doing tree service, which may include everything from complete tree and stump removal to pruning. He also does other types of yard work including lot clearing, top soil, dirt, and rock delivery, building retaining walls, and leaf cleaning. He can also do welding, fabrication, and blade sharpening.
Locally, Ivester’s work has included yard and tree work around the Tooele County Chamber of Commerce building. He also has worked on contracts for tree removal as far away as Ogden.
Ivester loves Tooele County’s stormy weather.
“When it snows I work around the clock clearing and removing snow,” he said. “When the wind blows there are trees and large branches that need to be removed.”
A member of the chamber of commerce, Ivester believes in supporting local businesses.
“When I need parts for ATV repair, I get them from Steadman’s,” he said. “I do the same with all my other purchasing—I buy local. As a local business, I think it is important that we support each other.”
Ivester’s business is growing. He has plans for a new location to accommodate more room for small engine repair work and a larger home base for his yard and tree work.
“I have plans to move out of my home to Tooele’s Main Street in 2014,” he said.