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GSD Contracting Acquired by Platino Holdings

Franjo Construction Corporation (“Franjo” or the “Company”), a regional leader in general contracting headquartered in Homestead, PA announced the Company’s acquisition of Fort Lauderdale-based GSD Contracting (“GSD”), a full-service commercial contractor with more than 35-years of success in South Florida.
The Holding Company, Platino Holdings, will maintain controlling interest of GSD. GSD will continue to operate under the GSD Contracting name as a subsidiary under Platino Holdings. GSD’s former managers and founders, Greg DeJohn and Guy DeJohn, will remain with the Company in an advisory capacity.
Joe Leonello, Platino Holdings President stated, “We are excited about this transaction on many different levels. We view the acquisition of GSD as the next step in expanding and transforming the Company. GSD’s history, culture, and relentless commitment to client satisfaction are a perfect fit for us and together we can make an even stronger impact for our clients in South Florida and beyond.”

Reshaping the South Florida Commercial Construction Landscape

Since 1980, GSD Contracting has built and renovated hundreds of hotels, churches, banks, high-end retail stores, malls, car dealers and assisted living facilities, GSD also built one of the most trusted brands in the industry. GSD has been recognized by the South Florida Business Journal as one of the top 25 commercial contractors in the market.

Ready To Expand Operations

Similar to GSD, Franjo is synonymous with strength, stability and lasting relationships. The acquisition will bolster GSD’s ability to service clients in key sectors such as healthcare, mixed-used and multi-unit residential projects, hotels, big box retail, and grocery stores. GSD will recruit additional talented construction professionals to further expand operations.
“We are appreciative of the support and confidence shown by Platino,” stated Greg DeJohn, founder of GSD. “This acquisition provides GSD with an even stronger financial foundation and brings a distinct set of construction management skills and experience that will exponentially increase opportunities for GSD’s long-term growth prospects across all Florida markets.

Experienced Construction Management Team

Also announced is the promotion of Franjo Construction veteran Jason Bates to Executive Vice President. Bates will be responsible for the planning, directing and managing of GSD operations.

“Jason’s experience in business development, preconstruction, project management, and general management roles will help GSD continue to strengthen and grow its presence in Florida,” said Leonello.

Bates is a certified general contractor with more than 15-years of industry experience and holds a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management from Pennsylvania College of Technology.

“I’m excited to bring a passion for building, a devotion to clients, a dogged dedication to strengthening our South Florida community, and ensuring GSD’s legacy of Building Trust remains a staple of the firm,” said Bates.