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FDT awarded City of Pomona Reservoir 5C Design Build Project

City of Pomona’s Reservoir 5C is a 10 million gallon reservoir. The tank is comprised of four (4) interconnected chambers that have an interior baffle wall near the mid‐point of the chambers. The tank was constructed in 2003, but leak testing revealed the presence of numerous concrete cracks. Attempts to seal the cracks delayed placing Reservoir 5C in service until early 2004. The reservoir has never operated at full capacity since 2004 due to its significant water loss.

The City of Pomona was seeking a Design‐Build strategy to rehabilitate Reservoir 5C that prevents moisture from continuing to permeate through the cracks in the walls of the tank and cause progressive deterioration of the reinforcement steel and decrease the structural integrity and life span of the reservoir.

FDT will be working with Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE) as our engineer who will be writing the specifications under our direction. FDT will implement the work in the field along with West Coast Coating Consulting doing our field inspection for quality.  The project engineering stage will start after NTP (August 20), and physical repairs to the reservoir is set to start the middle of October (2015).

USACE Painter Qualification Testing Completed with flying colors

FDT employees; Don Stallsworth, Chris Stallsworth, Nate Chatfield, and Neal Morgavi recently completed USACE Painter Qualification Testing at our shop in Medford, OR.  This testing was done in preparation for upcoming work at the Lookout Point Dam and is witnessed by a Government inspector.  The process required application of Zinc Primer and Vinyl Paint for steel hydraulic structures.


FDT is the recipient of “Bechtel 2014 Large Business subcontractor Award for Outstanding Contributions and Commitment to the Bechtel Team”

F.D. Thomas, Inc. Recognized by Bechtel for Outstanding Performance on Nuclear, Security and Environmental Projects

Company Honored for its Commitment to Excellence and Quality

Richland, WA — F.D. Thomas, Inc. was recognized for outstanding work on projects by Bechtel’s Nuclear, Security & Environmental global business unit at the Bechtel Subcontractor and Supplier Recognition awards. The awards recognize subcontractors and suppliers who supported Bechtel‘s work in nuclear power, environmental clean-up, defense, and nuclear security and operations projects during 2014.

“Our vendors, subcontractors, and suppliers are integral team members on our projects and they do amazing, innovative work in extremely difficult places,” said Craig Albert, president of the Nuclear, Security & Environmental business unit. “These award recipients not only met our high standards for quality and performance and but also went above and beyond for mission delivery.”

Great People + Great Work = Extraordinary Company.

F.D. Thomas, Inc. was awarded the contract at the Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plan Project in Richland, WA in 2003. Our scope of work includes application of special protective coatings.

Companies were evaluated on multiple factors. They include: overall performance; the ability to deliver quality services/supplies on time; the ability to work collaboratively to meet milestones; and meeting or exceeding project expectations in aspects of safety, construction performance, technical expertise, and environmental compliance. Nominations were reviewed and approved by Bechtel procurement and project managers.   Final recommendations were approved by senior leadership.

About F.D. Thomas, Inc.:

FDT provides the widest range of knowledge and experience in the coating and specialty contracting industry. For over 35 years, we have combined traditional methods, modern technology and solid work ethic to solve any problem that comes our way.  With three divisions throughout the Western U.S. — Painting and Specialty Coatings, Waterproofing and Sealants, and Specialty Contracting— FDT has provided expert service for major industrial facilities, commercial building owners, and entertainment/sports complexes.  Our reputation for quality work and customer satisfaction is also what’s made us the contractor of choice for top manufacturers and vendors.

About Bechtel:

Bechtel is among the most respected engineering, project management, and construction companies in the world. We stand apart for our ability to get the job done right—no matter how big, how complex, or how remote. Bechtel operates through four global business units that specialize in infrastructure; mining and metals; nuclear, security and environmental; and oil, gas, and chemicals. Since its founding in 1898, Bechtel has worked on more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents. Today, our 53,000 colleagues team with customers, partners, and suppliers on diverse projects in nearly 40 countries.

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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.