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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.



ESC Kings Arena Groundbreaking

FDT was proud to be present at the groundbreaking ceremony on 10/29/14, and celebrate with Mayor Kevin Johnson, AECOM, and Turner Construction to name a few.  FDT was recently awarded the Waterproofing Contract on the ESC Kings Arena and will be starting work in December 2014.
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FDT is now QP8 Certified

In addition to our QP1 & QP2 Certification, FDT has been recently certified by the Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC) for QP8 Certification: Installation of Polymer Coatings and Surfacings on Concrete and Other Cementitious Surfaces.

SSPC QP8 Certification is a new program intended to be used by facility owners (or their protective coating specialists or specifying engineers) to ensure that contractors hired to install polymer coatings or surfacings on concrete and other cementitious surfaces in commercial, institutional, and industrial facilities have the primary technical capabilities and organizational structure necessary to do the work.

In order to achieve certification, companies are assessed in several key areas:

  • management procedures
  • technical knowledge
  • quality control procedures
  • personnel qualifications
  • safety, health, and environmental compliance.

Companies seeking certification must also demonstrate their ability to: •perform substrate evaluation, repair, and treatment •conduct surface preparation operations •install coatings and surfacings over concrete-based substrates •implement their quality program in the field •meet the conditions and restrictions specified by the owner

Thank you to all of our Great Employees providing the Great Work that has helped make these certifications possible and make FDT an Extraordinary Company!

FDT Foresthill Team Receives Cal/OSHA Golden Gate Recognition

Recently we had a CAL/OSHA Consultation at our Foresthill Bridge Project in Auburn, CA. The purpose of the Consultation is to provide technical assistance to companies on health and safety issues. F.D. Thomas, Inc. strongly believes in utilizing these services to ensure the Safety & Health of our workers. During the on-site visits, Cal/OSHA was very impressed with our Safety Program and Safe Work Practices and has Recognized FDT with the Golden Gate Recognition Award! The Golden Gate Award is given to Companies by Cal/OSHA for their effort in implementing and maintaining an effective injury and illness prevention program (IIPP). The Golden Gate Recognition was developed to provide motivation and support to employers who proactively work with their employees and the Cal/OSHA Consultation Service. We would like to give a round of applause to our GREAT Team for performing GREAT work at the Bridge!

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Winner of the 2012 FCA CREST Award!

F.D. Thomas, Inc. is proud to announce that we are the winner of the National Finishing Contractors Association (FCA) CREST Award (Contractors Recognizing Excellence in Safety Training) for Industrial Coating, more than 150,000 Man-Hours. We were chosen based on leading an effective safety program throughout the 2011 year and getting our workers home safe! We want to thank each and every one of our employees for your contributions to our successful safety program! Thank you! For more information on the scoring process please click here.


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NACE Press Release

Dan Brewington, Grover Lee & Jeff Jones Receive HIGHEST LEVEL OF NACE COATING INSPECTOR CERTIFICATION! Houston, Texas…NACE International announces that Dan Brewington, Grover Lee & Jeff Jones are certified at the highest level of CIP certification as a NACE Certified Coating Inspector-Level 3. Each of them successfully completed two intensive week-long training courses in addition to a two-hour, oral peer-reviewed exam.

The NACE International Coating Inspector Training & Certification Program is the only certification program that provides a standard of training for coating inspectors and improved inspection of coating application work that is recognized worldwide. Thousands of governmental agency and corporate specifications call for NACE Certification.

Since the program’s inception in 1983, more than 20,000 individuals have been recognized at different levels of coating inspector certification. Presently, there are more than 3,200 individuals worldwide who enjoy premier recognition as a NACE Certified Coating Inspector-Level 3.

In the presentation of technical material used in the program, frequent references are made to specific standards on topics such as test methods, inspection procedures, materials requirements, recommended practices, and performance criteria. Because the coating inspector will encounter a variety of specifications, the program incorporates standards from domestic and international standard making organizations. The Coating Inspector Program is intended to present technology reflective of the standards as well as current industry practices.

Each level of Coating Inspector Program involves a combination of lecture, demonstration, hands on training both in class and, for the Level 1 course, also at an off-site industrial facility. Case studies, practice labs, and practice quizzes are also included. Multiple qualified instructors present the courses, which conclude with both written and practical exams. Congratulations on your accomplishment!

FDT Crews Reinforce the Alaskaan Way Viaduct to Prepare for Tunnel Boring

FDT Specialty Contracting Division was spotlighted in the Daily Journal of Commerce (DJC) in March by Journal Staff. The DJC article went on to say: “Crews are getting ready to wrap a section of the Alaskan Way Viaduct’s support columns in carbon-fiber to bolster against earthquakes and a tunnel boring machine that will pass below.” “It’s like wrapping an injured ankle,” said Matt Preedy, WSDOT Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program deputy administrator, in a statement. “Reinforcing this section allows us to keep the viaduct safety open to traffic while we build the tunnel, but ultimately this is a short-term fix because the underlying structure remains at risk to earthquakes.” Reinforcing the viaduct is a multi-step process. It starts with sandblasting a half-century of grime from damaged areas along a two-block section between South Washington and Columbia Streets in Pioneer Square. Before the wrap goes on, crews will fill cracks in the concrete and round out corners where the concrete is spalling. Exposed rebar will be cleaned and fresh concrete will be placed in the spalled areas.

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