Where we came from.

Our Founders

DuraServ traces its origins back to 2001 when Southern Acquisitions started with Southern Dock Products and Just-Rite Equipment and operated 4 locations in Dallas TX, Houston TX, Atlanta GA and Windsor NJ.

Since then, the company has grown steadily through organic growth and a series of strategic acquisitions. DuraServ was formed in 2016 as a result of our expanding service business to better serve our customers with large and often multiple facilities operating on a national scale.

Vince Sullivan, President Emeritus and Jamie Gibbs, Chairman



John Brooker



• Expanded to Ft. Myers and Naples, FL (acquired; originally founded in 1974) Visit Site
• Expanded to Tempe, AZ (acquired; originally founded in 1992) – Visit Site
• Expanded to Hickory, NC – Visit Site


David Iliff

• Expanded to Angier and Farmville, NC (acquired; originally founded in 1995) – Visit Site
• David Iliff appointed CEO
• Expanded to Charlotte, NC – Visit Site


• DuraServ formed – Visit Site
• Expanded to Toronto, Canada (acquired; originally founded in 1987) – Visit Site
• Expanded presence in Jacksonville, Tampa and Orlando, FL (acquired; originally founded in 1981) – Visit Site


• Expanded to Tampa, FL – Visit Site
• Expanded to Hartford, CT (acquired; originally founded in 1972) – Visit Site


• Expanded to Jacksonville, FL – Visit Site
• Expanded to Miami, FL – Visit Site


• Expanded to Orlando, FL (acquired; originally founded in 1978 under the name JBMathews) – Visit Site


• Expanded to Savannah, GA – Visit Site


• Expanded to New Orleans, LA (acquired; originally founded in 1946) – Visit Site
• Expanded to Austin, TX (acquired; originally founded in 2001) – Visit Site


• Expanded to Fort Worth, TX – Visit Site


• Expanded to Sterling, VA (acquired; originally founded in 1980 under the name Cristar Garage Door and Controls Inc.) – Visit Site


• Expanded to Baltimore, MD (acquired; originally founded in 1961 under the name McCleary Franz Co.) – Visit Site


• Expanded to San Antonio, TX (acquired; originally founded in 2001 under the name Equipment, Service and Install) – Visit Site


• Opened locations in Dallas, TX, Houston, TX, Atlanta, GA – Visit Site
• Opened location in Windsor
• Opened location in NJ – Visit Site