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David Hand, left, recently sold Newnan Pest Control to his friend Shane Loftin, seen here with wife Lindsay and daughter Mia.

Shane’s Pest Solutions acquires Newnan Pest Control

Trust seals the deal

By Clay Neely

clay@newnan.melville.design

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Local business owner and Coweta County native Shane Loftin has a reason to celebrate.

Only a week ago, the owner of Shane’s Pest Solutions acquired Newnan Pest Control from his friend David Hand, who had operated the business for over 25 years.

Since opening his business in 2016, Loftin said his friendship with Hand made the deal especially rewarding.

“He trusted me enough to sell me their business and take care of their customers – that’s a lot of trust,” Loftin said. “It’s emotional and personal for both of us.”

The friendship between the two started over lunch several years ago. While both men were in a similar field of business, the two worked out a deal.

“I’ve always been a full-service company – pest, termite, mosquito, wildlife,” Loftin said. “I promised David if he sent me leads, I wouldn’t solicit his customers for their pest control business.”

“I like to refer termite business to good companies since I don’t do that kind of work,” Hand said. “ He’s the kind of person I would love for my customers to have. After lunch, I told him, ‘I hope you buy my business when I get ready to retire.”

Flash forward to 2019 – Hand is finally ready to retire with his wife Mary and spend his days waterskiing. Four companies contacted him about acquiring Newnan Pest Control, but only two were worth considering, Hand said.

Along with Shane’s Pest Solutions, a larger company based out of Columbus was also in talks with acquiring Hand’s business. In the end, Hand went with Loftin.

Loftin said he was grateful for the opportunity to grow his business in the town he grew up in.

“This is my hometown, and with David being in business for over 25 years, it felt good being able to keep it local,” Loftin said.

Loftin said the acquisition of Hand’s business is significant for not only for himself but his employees, which now includes Preston Edwards – an employee of Hand for over 20 years.

“He’s been a faithful, loyal employee that I never had to think about,” Hand said.

“Retiring was a tough decision, but I’m really looking forward to the next season of my life. I’ll always be in Newnan, but I’m ready to do something different.”

As a former Marine and combat veteran of Iraq, Loftin said his business is focused on veterans and veterans issues. Three of his employees are former Marines. Another employee’s husband is a National Guard member currently deployed in Afghanistan.

“Being a combat veteran, I can relate and give them a place to work where they will be more comfortable than someplace else who may not understand what they’re dealing with,” Loftin said.

Loftin extends his service through community involvement. Along with being active with veterans programs, the local board of Realtors, and the Chamber of Commerce, Loftin is a member of the VFW, Marine Corp League and supports Healing4Heroes – a nonprofit who pairs rescue dogs to veterans.

Alongside his wife Lindsay, the future looks bright for Loftin, who will continue to serve customers in Coweta, Troup, Fayette, Heard, Carroll, and South Fulton counties.

“This allows us to make our impact within Coweta and the surrounding areas in the pest control industry and extend our services to even more people,” Loftin said. “We’re very excited about the possibilities.”