Black Diamond adds Florida franchise

|  June 21, 2019
Franchise owners Nick Vonella and Ashley Naumann stand in front of their new company vehicle at Black Diamond Pest Control in Pinellas County, Fla. PHOTO: BLACK DIAMOND PEST CONTROL

Franchise owners Nick Vonella and Ashley Naumann stand in front of their new company vehicle at Black Diamond Pest Control in Pinellas County, Fla. PHOTO: BLACK DIAMOND PEST CONTROL

Jeffersonville, Ind.-based Black Diamond Pest Control has added a franchise for the Pinellas County, Fla., market. Located in Clearwater, the franchise owners are Nick Vonella and Ashley Naumann.

Black Diamond Pest Control was formed in 1940 and remained a small operation until 1987 when Keith Duncan, Sr., purchased the company and built the foundation for steady growth. Keith Duncan, Jr., assumed operational leadership at that point and guided Black Diamond to triple revenue over the following decade by expanding the corporate vision, implementing fresh ideas, and embracing innovation.

Currently, Black Diamond Corporate in Jeffersonville, Ind., maintains a fleet of more that 125 service vehicles and 175 employees, with reported annual revenue of more than $15.5 million. The first franchise location, Indianapolis, Ind., launched in April, 2015. A second corporate office in Lexington, Ky., launched in January, 2016. Additional franchise partners include Cincinnati, Ohio; Nashville, Tenn.; Bowling Green, Ky., River Cities (Ashland, Ky., and Huntingdon, W.Va. markets), and Myrtle Beach, S.C. A third corporate office is in Northern Kentucky.

Although services vary by office location, they include general pest, mosquito control, termite control, wildlife control, turf maintenance, restoration services, real estate services and landscaping. The Pinellas County franchise also offers control of lovebugs (Plecia nearctica), which is a particularly high-volume nuisance pest for Floridians’ homes and vehicles.

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