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Company History

SouthGate Companies traces its humble beginnings to Polish immigrant David Braverman, who started a business selling melons out of the back of a horse-drawn wagon. That business grew into a grocery store and ultimately Hawkeye Foods.

As Braverman’s business grew, he began to invest in real estate in Iowa City and SouthGate was born in 1962.

SouthGate Companies has developed more than 600,000 square feet of commercial real estate including build to suit properties, turnkey sales and multi-tenant facilities. Currently, SouthGate manages about 300,000 square feet of office, retail and industrial space.

SouthGate’s residential construction accomplishments include the development of more than 1,000 apartments, condominiums and single-family residences. Currently, SouthGate manages over 600 residential units, including condos, apartments, townhouses, duplexes and houses.

Current SouthGate board member Jody Braverman is founder David Braverman’s son.