Buyout Sparks New Beginning for 130-year-old Painting Business
F.D. Thomas acquires local institution D. Zelinsky & Sons, Inc.
Francisco, Calif.) – Coating and specialty contractor F.D. Thomas, Inc.
has announced its acquisition of D. Zelinsky & Sons, Inc. a San
Francisco Bay Area based painting business since 1884. F.D.
Thomas performs commercial and industrial painting as well as
waterproofing and other specialty contracting services. F.D.
Thomas is one of the largest specialty contractors in the U.S.
& Son’s longstanding tradition of high quality and versatility will
continue unimpeded and uninterrupted. The business will retain
its name and remain in operation as a majority owned subsidiary of F.D.
Thomas, Inc. Dan Thomas, who founded F.D. Thomas in 1979 and
continues today as president, sees this deal as a win-win.
the local reputation of one company and the wide-ranging expertise of
the other, this acquisition is advantageous for both of us,” said
Thomas. “It offers F.D. Thomas valuable name recognition and customer
relationships in the SF Bay Area commercial painting market.”
Zelinsky & Sons was once one of the largest painting contractors
not only in San Francisco, but the U.S. In 1936, they were the only
painting contractor capable of completing the massive painting of the
U.S. Library of Congress and the Department of the
Interior. The acquisition also offers F.D. Thomas room to
product offerings to include fabric wall panels. D.Zelinsky & Sons has been Northern California’s
exclusive distributor/dealer SoftWalls upholstered wall and ceiling systems.
McCloskey brothers gained ownership control of the D. Zelinsky &
Sons in 1977. Edward G. Zelinsky (third generation) remained as a
minority shareholder until 2000, at which time Rick and Jim McCloskey
gained full ownership. Though Jim McCloskey has retired, Rick
McCloskey will continue to serve on the D. Zelinsky board and remains a
minority owner of the company.
About F.D. Thomas Inc.
Thomas Inc. provides the widest range of knowledge and experience in
the coating and specialty contracting industry. For over 35
years, F.D. Thomas has combined traditional methods, modern technology
and solid work ethic to solve any problem its customers bring.
With locations in Sacramento, CA; Oakland, CA; Tacoma, WA; Washington,
DC; and Medford, OR; F.D. Thomas provides expert service for major
industrial facilities, commercial building owners, public agencies and
entertainment/sports complexes throughout the United States.
Visit www.fdthomas.com for more information about us!