To begin 2020, Jeffersonville, Ind.-based Black Diamond Pest Control has opened a new branch in Elizabethtown, Ky.
The branch opened on Jan. 2 and offers general pest, termite, bed bug and wildlife control services to residential and commercial clients in Nelson, Hardin and LaRue counties.
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.
Eric Freedland, who began working as a tactical eradication agent in the company’s pest control division in 2017, is the new branch manager.
“Everyone who works here has the opportunity to turn a job into a career,” said Keith Duncan, Jr., Black Diamond’s CEO. “We’re always looking for potential, and when we see it, we try to make things happen — not just for the good of the company, but for employees with long-term goals as well.”
Freedland says new customers in his area can expect the same outstanding customer service that has helped the company’s headquarters become the largest local pest control company in Louisville and the Southern Indiana markets.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity,” Freedland said. “I’ve learned a lot from the Black Diamond team, and I look forward to working hard and making this new branch a success.”
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.