About Us

ALL ABOUT THE WORK

Building the world through critical infrastructure projects

For more than 85 years, hard-working, honest, innovative people have been building what has become Southland Holdings. We combine the strengths of four companies who share a dedication to building critical infrastructure projects which improve the environment and lives of those around us.

Today, Southland Holdings is a multifaceted heavy civil construction firm active throughout North America, building virtually any structure for to facilitate and protect the movement of people, water and wastewater. We are currently the 33rd largest heavy civil contractor in the United States and one of the largest in Texas.

OUR HISTORY

The history of Southland Holdings is one of powerful companies joining together to create a multi-faceted force in construction. While they began in different places and at different times, as early as 1930, our component companies have always been noted for working harder and working smarter while upholding a reputation for integrity and resourcefulness.

Today, Southland Holdings is managed by leaders in the industry. The next generation of our founders builds on their success and provides unwavering clarity and continuity of purpose.

We are active in 42 U.S. states and in two Canadian provinces. With additional completed projects in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Nigeria, we have successfully executed more than $9 billion dollars of work, growing to more than 2,000 dedicated full-time employees.

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TWO PATHS LEADING TO ONE

Oscar Renda Contracting, Inc.

Oscar Renda Contracting, Inc. was established by Oscar Renda in 1974.  His brother, Rudolph J. Renda joined the business a few years later.  Having immigrated to the United States in 1956 as young boys with their family of two parents and five sons, their strong work ethic was born out of a desire to give back in appreciation for all this great country had given them in opportunity.  Oscar, being a high school football coach and U.S. History teacher, took out a teacher’s credit union loan for $13,000 in September of 1974.  Over four decades later and several billion dollars of heavy civil work completed, Oscar Renda Contracting is the foundation which helped create what Southland Holdings is today.

Southland Contracting, Inc.

Southland Contracting, Inc. was established in 1981 by Charlie Griffith.  Charlie was a true mechanical genius and could design, engineer, and build tunnel boring machines.  This gave him a very strong competitive advantage which allowed him to innovate and grow his tunneling company into a strong force in the industry.  His integrity, intelligence, and sheer strength of will continues to provide inspiration for all of the employees of this great company.  Charlie’s son, Clay Griffith, helps continue the legacy of innovation and successfully completing some of the most difficult and challenging tunneling projects in the world.

Johnson Bros. Corp

Johnson Construction company was established in 1929 by Walter D. Johnson.  Through several family generations and numerous triumphs and challenges, the fortitude of the company has been strengthened through the faith, grit, and resolve of the family’s leadership and the company’s hard working employees.  A leader in the industry with over 85 years of experience specializing in Bridge, Highway, Infrastructure, Marine, Industrial and Emergency Construction services for both public and private clients, Johnson Bros is poised to excel for decades to come building on the traditions established by the company’s founders and leaders.

Mole Constructors, Inc

Mole Constructors, Inc. was founded by Victor Scaravilli in 1974 to specialize in tunneling throughout the United States and Canada.  Victor, a graduate civil engineer, contributed numerous new and innovative approaches to the tunneling industry.  Victor is the inventor of the Jarva Hard Rock Tunnel Boring Machine (now the Robbins Company) and holds several patents.  Mole Constructors has very specialized knowledge, expertise, and skill in the tunnel market.  This provides dynamic capabilities rarely available in the industry allowing Southland Holdings to take on the most complex underground challenges and bore through them successfully.

TIMELINE

1929

Johnson Bros. Corporation established

Walter Johnson and his six sons start a road construction company in Todd County, Minnesota.

1974

Mole Constructors, Inc. established

Mole Constructors, Inc. is founded in Ohio by Victor Scaravilli, a partnership that brings together the strengths of three leading companies: M&S Investors, L.W. Relyea Construction Company, and Wrightco, Inc
Later that Oscar Renda starts his construction company in Fort Worth, Texas, and brother Rudy joins a few years later. Today, their sons – Frank and Rudy, Jr. respectively – still manage the company and also provide executive leadership for Southland Holdings.

1981

Southland Contracting, Inc. established
Charlie Griffith founds Southland and is soon joined by his son Clay, who is still with the company. The company is both a tunneling contractor and a manufacturer of tunnel-boring machines.

1998

Oscar Renda Contracting, Inc. management moves to second generation

Frank and Rudy Jr., along with long-term friend and Renda employee Tim Winn, begin working with Oscar Renda Contracting, Inc.

2006

Southland Holdings, LLC acquires Southland Contracting, Inc.

Southland Holdings, LLC, a new entity created to organize and combine the efforts of all the component companies, officially acquires its namesake.

2009

Southland Holdings enters west coast market

Southland Holdings establishes Renda Pacific, establishing west coast offices in Las Vegas, NV.

2012

Southland Holdings, LLC acquires Mole Constructors, Inc. Southland Holdings, LLC acquires Johnson Bros. Corporation Oscar Renda Contracting, Inc. of Canada established Southland Mole of Canada, LTD. established

All the companies are brought under the umbrella of Southland Holdings, LLC, and new entities are created for additional projects in Canada, as Southland Holdings continues its nearly nine decades of growth.

CORE VALUES

BUILT INTO EVERY ONE OF OUR PROJECTS

SAFETY
We hold the well being of people above all.  Everyday we are committed to the safety process so we can send our team home to their families, safe and sound.

INTEGRITY
We do the right thing.  We conduct our business with the highest standards of professional behavior and ethics.

TEAMWORK
For instance, the invention of the Hard Rock TBM. But even as we work on each project, we are constantly searching for ways to increase performance and quality. We work harder and smarter than anyone else. There is no limit to our capability.

PERSERVERANCE
We never give up, especially in the face of resistance while working in some of the most challenging conditions. 

EXCELLENCE
We strive to excel in every aspect of our business delivering the highest quality and value for our clients.

OUR LEADERSHIP

Building Legacy

Frank Renda
Frank Renda Chairman of the Board

Mr. Frank Renda serves as CEO of Southland Holdings and all closely held companies.  Mr. Renda grew up working in the family business at a young age with his father and uncle throughout the summers up and until his graduation from Texas Tech University.  Upon his graduation, Mr. Renda returned to the family business full time. At that time, the company was a local utility contractor with around 100 employees and annual revenues of $20,000,000.  Project by project the companies were built through the hard work of dedicated employees and willingness to build all types of challenging projects, wherever they may be located.  Through natural progression and acquisitions, Southland Holdings is now a company working nationally and internationally with around 2,000 dedicated employees, over $600,000,000 million in annual revenue and current contracts exceeding $1,800,000,000.  Southland is currently 33rd largest heavy civil contractor in America, according to current ENR rankings.

W. Tim Winn
W. Tim Winn CPresident of Johnson Bros. Board Member – Director

Mr. Winn began his construction career in 1991 working on a survey crew for KSA Engineering in Longview, Texas.  After graduating from Texas Tech University with dual degrees in Finance and Economics, he joined Frank and Rudy Renda at their family’s business, Oscar Renda Contracting, Inc.

As Oscar Renda Contracting, Inc. was growing into the leading Texas based provider of Water and Sewer infrastructure, Mr. Winn took on the first large scale out of state project and moved to Charlotte, North Carolina.  Early successes in the mid-Atlantic region provided Oscar Renda Contracting with opportunities in new markets.  These markets quickly spread to Arkansas and Georgia, where multiple projects where completed with great success.  Today, Oscar Renda Contracting is a leader in Water and Wastewater infrastructure construction throughout North America.

Rudolph V. Renda, Jr.
Rudolph V. Renda, Jr. Board Member – Director

Growing up around his father Rudy Sr. and Uncle Oscar’s construction firm, Rudy can remember being on jobsites from the age of three, learning from some of the best and hardest workers in the business. Like his cousin Frank, he joined the firm in 1990 as a field supervisor and has been a vital part of the company’s ownership and growth through the creation of Southland Holdings, LLC and it’s many acquistions including Southland Contracting, Inc., Johnson Bros. Corportion, Renda Pacific LLC, and the Canadian operations.

He received a B.G.S. in construction management from Texas Tech University.