Serving Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Eastern Indiana For Over 50 Years

About Silco


A Security and Fire Protection Company

Family Owned & Managed

Silco is a family owned and managed business with the third and fourth generation of family ownership active and passionately involved in the business. Ownership also strives to create a family culture for its 170 employees. Ownership is hands on with customers and is always available to address a customer’s needs.

Service Fundamentals

  • Speak to a Live Person 24 Hours a Day, 365 Days a Year
  • Formal Training and Mentoring Program for All Field Employees
  • Formal Quality Control and Customer Feedback Program
  • Professional Appearance—Employees in Uniform with Photo ID Badge
  • Clean Modern Service Vehicles
  • Background Checks on All Employees
  • Ohio Advanced Level Drug Free Safety Program Participant

The Silco fire safety and security company truck

Traditional Values
  • Always Do The Right Thing
  • Follow The Golden Rule
  • "We Can Do That" Attitude
  • "Do It Now" Mentality
  • Make Life Simple For The Customer
  • Continuously Build Trust and Loyalty With The Customer
Insurance & Liability

Silco carries 10 million in liability insurance.


Company History

The company was founded in 1959 in Cincinnati by Ray Dennis, a P.E. from the University of Cincinnati’s Engineering College. Ray designed and sold engineered fire suppression systems for clients such as AK Steel and Ford. In 1973 Ray sold his six employee business to Silco, owned by the Fraser family.Fire extinguishers soon became a large portion of Silco’s business as OSHA mandated their presence in the workplace. Lines of business expanded into commercial cooking fire protection systems and fire alarms. Sprinkler and fire pump services would follow.

 

Over time Silco evolved into a single source fire protection provider. By 1979 Jim Fraser assumed sole ownership of the company. Silco expanded periodically by opening locations in Dayton (1989), Columbus (1994), Akron (2002), and Cleveland (2014).Silco also added security to its list of products and services. Security is currently the most rapidly growing aspect of the company. The Security business includes security systems, monitoring, keyless card access, video surveillance, intercom, and nurse call.

Dave Fraser and Dave’s brother-in-law Chris Leonidas joined Silco in 2007 and 2008 respectively. Dave grew up in the business working summers in high school and college and is an engineering graduate from Lehigh University. Chris graduated from Boston University in three years. Each brought several years of full time outside work experience to Silco. Dave was promoted to President of Silco five years later in 2013, likewise Chris to Vice President. The company has doubled in size since Dave and Chris joined the company 7 years ago. Jim Fraser, after 33 years as President, now serves as Chairman.

Of Silco’s 170 employees, 23 have been with the Company between 20 and 35 years. Another 27 have 10 to 20 years seniority. Key employees at Silco have been in industry leadership positions: (1) Ken May as president of the National Association of Fire Equipment Distributors (NAFED), and (2) Dan Gurich as president of the Ohio Chapter of the Electronic Security Association (ESA).

The Company credits its progress over the years primarily to three key items: (1) the expertise and tenure of its workforce, (2) its obsession with providing prompt quality service, (3) the consistent reinvestment of its earnings back into the business.

Leadership Team

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James Fraser (Chairman)

Jim grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and earned a degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Jim took ownership of Silco Fire & Security in 1979. At the time the company employed 11 in Cincinnati. Today Silco employs 170 people and provides statewide service in Ohio from its 5 full service offices. Jim serves as Chairman of the company.

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David Fraser (President)

Dave, son of Jim Fraser, grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University in Bethlehem Pennsylvania. David grew up in the business working summers in high school and college. After college David took a position with Xerox and worked outside of the business for 7 years. David has joined Silco in 2007 and became president in 2013.

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Christopher Leonidas (Vice President)

Chris, Dave’s brother-in-law, grew up in Long Island, New York. Chris earned a degree from Boston University. After college, Chris worked in the New York area for 7 years, before moving to Cincinnati in 2008 and beginning his career at Silco. Chris became Vice President of Silco in 2013.

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Paul Moeller (Chief Financial Officer)

Paul grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and earned an accounting degree from the University of Cincinnati. After college Paul joined JD Cloud, a long standing accounting firm in Cincinnati. Paul has been a Certified Public Accountant for 26 years. Paul joined Silco in 2007 and became Silco’s Chief Financial Officer in 2013.

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Jim Wrobleski (General Manager – Cincinnati & Dayton Offices)

Jim grew up in Northern Kentucky and earned a Fire Science Degree from Eastern Kentucky University. Shortly after college, Jim joined Silco, which at the time Silco was just small fire protection company in Cincinnati. Over his 31 year career at Silco, Jim has done just about every job at Silco and is very hands on with employees and customers. Jim has been instrumental to Silco’s success and reputation for outstanding service.

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Dave Findley (General Manager – Columbus, Akron, & Cleveland Offices)

Dave grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dave joined Silco 22 years ago and has worked in many positions within the company, allowing him to relate to and understand his employees’ perspectives. Dave has been a General Manager for 15 years and has played a key role in the start-up and growth of Silco’s branch offices.