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Emmer Group
location_on Gainesville, FL — Emmer Development Corp.
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Phil Emmer started Emmer Development, a new home construction company, in Miami in 1954. At the time, an American family could buy a 1,500 square foot home for under $20,000. In 1960, an opportunity to build low-income housing arose in Gainesville. Even with almost insurmountable problems, this difficult process turned into a solid social and economic success and was a major part of raising the living standards of hundreds of families in the community. Mr. Emmer became a pioneer in the pursuit for affordable housing. The company received many local and national honors and awards and served as a model for builders all over the country.

Since its beginnings in the 50s and 60s, The Emmer Group has been responsible for more than 8,000 homes and apartments in more than 100 communities all over the state of Florida. Owned and operated by the father-daughter team of Phil Emmer and Lori Emmer McGriff, Emmer Group continues to be a success today.


The Emmer Group is an umbrella name for several companies associated with the Emmer family, including Emmer Development Corp., Emmer Management Corp., Gibraltar Title Insurance Agency, P.I. Emmer Real Estate Brokerage, Ormond Ocean Venture, LLC and Emmer Investments, LLC. From low-income housing to luxury condominiums, Emmer Development Corp. has been providing incredible quality and service for over 50 years. 


In 50 years, Emmer Development has never been the object of a lawsuit by a customer.   Emmer Development is responsible for more than 8,000 homes in more than 100 communities across the state of Florida.   Housing communities are in 15 Florida counties including Alachua, Broward, Collier, Dade, Duval, Escambia, Hillsboro, Marion, Okaloosa, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, Seminole, Suwannee and Volusia.   The Emmer Group currently has more than 55 extremely talented, dedicated and honorable staff members in Gainesville, Pensacola, Orlando and Ormond-By-The-Sea.   In 2002 and 2003, Emmer Development was selected to Professional Builder Magazine’s “101 Best Companies to Work For in the Residential Construction Industry” list.   In 2004, the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce honored Emmer Development as a “2004 Business of the Year" in the category of Best Business Expansion.   In 2005, the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation awarded Emmer Development Corp. with the Restoration/Rehabilitation Award for the renovation of the World War II Coastal Watchtower in Ormond Beach, Florida.  In 2006, Lori McGriff and Emmer Development Corp. were named "Builder of the Year" by the Builders Association of North Central Florida.



Started in 1954, EDC is the most long-standing builder/developer in the Gainesville area, and the newly built homes stand out for quality and customer satisfaction!