At the age of ten Jim began mowing the lawn at his fathers’ funeral home in Chicago.
After graduating from Carl Sandburg High School in 1976 his love for mowing lawns
continued so he started Jim Melka Landscaping and Maintenance. By the end of the
summer of 1976 he was mowing thirteen lawns on a weekly basis. In the fall of 1976
Jim attended George Williams College in Downers Grove as a commuter; enabling him
to continue his maintenance business. As the years passed the lawn mowing business
began doing small landscape jobs. In 1978 Jim’s cousin Henry began working part
time and the two of them were able to take on larger jobs. In 1980 Jim graduated
from college and decided to pursue landscape and maintenance as a full time career.
In the summer of 1988 Jim simultaneously moved the landscape business and opened
the garden center to its current location at 11606 W. 179th Street, Mokena, IL.
The mission at Jim Melka Landscaping & Garden Center is to satisfy the needs and
exceed the expectations of customers by providing the highest quality products,
services, and information; while continuing to improve an image of excellence and
Office Manager: Donna Brown
Design & Sales: Tom Vollmer & Jim Melka Jr.
Garden Center Managers: Melissa Marino & Bob Sloan
Greenhouse & Gift Shop Manager: Chris Rink
Landscape Operations: Henry Sawa
Garden Center Operations: Obertino Aguilera & Jason Beneventi
Brick Paver Operations: Eligio Arteaga
Maintenance Supervisors: Efren Aguilera & Eliazar Arredondo & Ricardo Lara
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