New Landscaping Business Aims to Help Community
Mark Leininger (left) and Reggie Comeaux own XLC Environmental Services.
Mark Leininger and his landscape partner Reggie Comeaux start each day with a cup of coffee and a dream.
When they’re not getting calls for their new business in Chippewa Falls, XLC Environmental Services, they’re planning what to do next – and for glue makers, it’s about helping the environment in a number of ways. “Basically,” he says, “it’s one of our dream jobs.”
In addition to landscaping, cleaning up, clearing snow, cleaning roofs, sweeping out gutters, clearing trees and “all that jazz” outdoors, the duo is also passionate about preserving historical landmarks in the Chippewa Valley and beyond. In particular, Leininger hopes to be able to restore parts of the Tilden cemetery in Bloomer.
“We may look like a bunch of creepy guys, but we’re probably the biggest bunch of teddy bears,” said Leininger.
After spending 12 years in the oil industry, Leininger decided to focus on his private life as the father of four children: Patricia (12), Michael (4), Jack (3) and Lavan (1). He tried driving trucks, delivering beer, and eventually got a job as a garbage collector, and then he made his move. “That was a cruise job,” he said. “I enjoyed every minute.”
What he enjoyed most was what he enjoyed most as a 10-year-old mowing lawn for neighbors: being outside. And that made his children happy too. “Everything I did outside in the yard they wanted to do,” said the father of four with a laugh. But after an injury handicapped him, Leininger found another passion: helping others. “Even if we cannot change the whole world,” one of her Facebook posts said, “we want to do our best for the generations to come.” XLC Environmental Services takes great care to help community members with disabilities as much as possible, whether through their business or their hearts.
“We will consider the employees as family,” he said. “We will consider customers as family.”
You can find out more about their landscaping company (and their hardworking helpers!) On their Facebook page.