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December 13, 2022

DiGeronimo Companies – Independence Construction announced that it is acquiring Atlanta-based Winter Construction and Winter Environmental (The Winter Companies). The acquisition will further expand the Cleveland-based DiGeronimo’s growth in the Construction and Development industry.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to expand into the Southeast with Winter. They have the most important ingredient – great people including strong leadership,” said Vic DiGeronimo Jr., CEO of DiGeronimo Companies. “Together we will accelerate our growth in existing and new markets – we are very excited about the future.”

“We have been partnering with DiGeronimo for five years. Over that time, we have seen the cultural fit and compatibility in how we operate our businesses,” said Winter CEO Brent Reid. “Recognizing that we share values – above all – and ambitions, Winter and DiGeronimo aim to accelerate growth and add more value for our people, our clients, and our communities together.”

DiGeronimo, beginning with an excavating company in 1956, is today a vertically integrated Construction and Development Group. Its construction efforts are focused on construction management, general contracting, demolition, environmental remediation, and civil/sitework services. Established in Atlanta 60 years ago, Winter Construction has focused in the public and private sectors including education, government, hospitality, multifamily, commercial, and adaptive reuse. Winter Environmental is an environmental contractor providing all types of abatement and remediation services.

Company Background and History

Since 1956, we have been a leader in challenging site development, concrete construction, demolition, and environmental solutions through our sister companies in the DiGeronimo family. Independence Construction was formed to bring a new approach to construction management and full scope execution of large commercial and industrial construction projects. Regardless of the service, our companies strive to push the envelope when it comes to adopting better methods for better results for our clients.

In July 2019, Independence Construction acquired Bear Construction, now entitled Bear IC, a 40+ year firm that provides general contracting, design-build, and construction management services throughout Western Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. With similar core values and earned reputation for quality workmanship and integrity, the acquisition only made sense as Independence Construction expands its construction management services.

In October 2020, Independence Construction acquired the construction management business of Donley’s Inc., further expanding our capacity and ability to diversify our portfolio by creating one of the largest and most capable CM firms in Northeast Ohio. Our companies have been doing business together for 48 years, and adding their personnel and expertise in larger institutional projects is an ideal partnership.

We bring our experience and reputation for honesty, integrity, and outstanding performance to the world of design and management in order to ensure the best results for our partners, our subcontractors, and our community.

What We Do


We work directly with commercial and industrial development owners and investors to identify and remediate risks early on.


Our team will assist with project architecture and engineering and begin planning the construction for the most efficient execution.


We perform and manage the full scope of construction through final commissioning.