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ASRC Industrial Services Acquires Specialty Contractors F.D. Thomas and D. Zelinsky & Sons

We are excited to announce that F.D. Thomas, Inc. & D. Zelinsky & Sons, Inc. an FDT Company are now a part of ASRC Industrial Services.

ASRC Industrial Services Acquires Specialty Contractors
F.D. Thomas and D. Zelinsky & Sons
 West Coast-based contractors add strength and versatility to AIS’s growing industrial services platform

Concord, Calif. (April 11, 2018) – ASRC Industrial Services (“AIS”), a premier provider of industrial and environmental services throughout the Continental United States, has announced the acquisition of F.D. Thomas, Inc. (“FDT”), a coating and specialty services contractor based in Central Point, Ore. and FDT’s wholly-owned subsidiary D. Zelinsky & Sons, Inc. (“DZ”), a San Francisco Bay Area-based commercial painting contractor. The companies will become part of AIS’s Construction, Maintenance and Repair (“CMR”) operating group.

FDT, founded in 1979 and one of the nation’s largest specialty services contractors, performs commercial and industrial painting, waterproofing, roofing, infrastructure restoration and other specialty services. FDT has offices across the West Coast and provides expert service for major industrial facilities, commercial building owners, government agencies and entertainment/sports complexes. Since inception, the management and workforce of FDT have embraced the company’s value equation of Great People + Great Work = Extraordinary Company, in the process earning a reputation as a value-added service provider.

Founded in 1884, DZ has played a historic role in painting and decorating major construction projects in the Bay Area. FDT acquired DZ in 2014. The company provides high quality services including commercial painting, wallcovering, faux finishes, waterproofing, fireproofing, high performance coatings and SoftWalls™ upholstered wall and ceiling systems.

“I am pleased to welcome the talented management team and workforce of F.D. Thomas and D. Zelinsky to the AIS family of companies,” said Greg Johnson, president and CEO of AIS. “The additions of these great companies immediately augments the capabilities of our CMR operating group, and demonstrates further progress in pursuit of our vision to build an enduring, customer-centric industrial services provider.”

AIS’s CMR operating group now totals seven companies. FDT and DZ join Petrochem, DACA Specialty Services, D2 Industrial Services, Omega and US Coatings.

“Today is an exciting day in a journey that began in 1979,” said Dan Thomas, president and founder of FDT. “I look forward to working with the leadership of AIS to pursue their vision of building a uniquely different industrial service provider; in the process providing new opportunities for the talented teams of FDT and DZ and additional services to existing and new customers.”

 About ASRC Industrial Services

Headquartered in Concord, California, ASRC Industrial Services (“AIS”) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (“ASRC”). AIS is organized within three capabilities-based operating groups: Construction, Maintenance and Repair; Remediation and Response Services; and Environmental Engineering and Professional Services. AIS has approximately 2,250 employees and operations throughout the Continental United States. AIS subsidiaries include Petrochem, RSI Entech, DACA Specialty Services, D2 Industrial Services, US Coatings, Mavo Systems, F.D. Thomas, D. Zelinsky & Sons, Omega and AIS Response Services. As a wholly-owned subsidiary of ASRC, AIS and its subsidiaries are considered minority business enterprises. Learn more about AIS at

Media Contact:
Michelle Miles
ASRC Industrial Services
(707) 558-3930 x130

Buyout Sparks New Beginning for 130-year-old Painting Business

F.D. Thomas acquires local institution D. Zelinsky & Sons, Inc.

(San 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.

D.Zelinsky & 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.

“Given 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.”

D. 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.  D.Zelinsky & Sons has seen its sales volume dip in recent years.  Reenergized by the backing and leadership of new corporate ownership, the company is now well positioned to regain lost market share.

The acquisition also offers F.D. Thomas room to expand its product offerings to include fabric wall panels and commercial window coverings.  D.Zelinsky & Sons has been Northern California’s exclusive distributor/dealer of Solarfective commercial and residential shadin systems and SoftWalls upholstered wall and ceiling systems.

The 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.
F.D. 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.