Area Company Makes Towns Look Festive

December 2, 2018

Eric Gauthier with Christmas Decor by A Arsenault & Sons hangs the Chrismas lights on the trees in the Upper Common in Fitchburg, November 27, 2018. SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE/JOHN LOVE

It’s not elves that decorate the Twin Cities for the holidays or hang Christmas lights, it is Christmas Décor, which has more than 300 franchises across the country.

The local franchisee is Arsenault & Sons, Inc. in Spencer.

The 40-year-old landscaping company added holiday lighting to its menu of services 20 years ago by acquiring a Christmas Décor franchise as a seasonal extension of the landscape work.

“We were looking for a way to keep our crews working year round,” said Arnie Arsenault.

They purchased the franchise in 1998, as the national company was just starting up. Beginning with some residential, then onto commercial light-hanging contracts, Arnie’s army, under the banner Christmas Décor, soon landed several municipal contracts to hang its Christmas lights.

First hired by the Leominster and Gardner in 2006, the company then procured contracts with Worcester and finally Fitchburg, in 2013.

The 24 employees under the umbrella of both businesses can be seen in bucket trucks and ladders throughout the downtown area wrapping holiday joy around trees and the central gazebo.

“They are very easy to work with,” said Joan David, administrative assistant to Fitchburg Mayor Stephen DiNatale. “They had been hired by the previous administration. We decided to continue using them because they do what is needed and have the proper equipment.”

Arsenault envisioned the light-hanging business as a way to keep his employees working. I just didn’t want to lay my guys off. I wanted to give them the option to work in the winter.”

The Christmas Décor company has grown from its roots in Lubbock, Texas to a nearly nationwide service for municipalities.

“They train us and keep us updated on the technologies,” said Arsenault, who also owns a third, related company, Weed Man. He uses the crews from both landscaping companies to help homeowners, businesses, cities maintain the holiday spirit.

Crews from the company return in January to systematically unwire each city.

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