Silco 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 200+ 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.

  • review rating 5  Great service from Dorian, the shop foreman at Silco in Cincinnati. Chelsea, the receptionist was very helpful too. Quick, expert service, we like that! -Joe

    thumb Joseph Sucato
    7/09/2019

    review rating 5  Two technicians form Silco, Bobby and Ryan, provided service at our facility today. They were very thorough in their work and very informative in their explanations. It is a good feeling to be confident in the quality of work such people provide.

    thumb garry Brockmeyer
    7/05/2019
  • review rating 5  Bobby and Ryan and the rest of the entire team do a great thorough job at our facility every time. The service is outstanding and everyone is easy to speak with. Always get direct answers to my concerns. Thanks Guys!

    thumb Rick Maxwell
    7/05/2019

    review rating 5  Rick came out today to service our Middletown site. He is truly amazing and really cares about delivering excellent service. He took the time to explain the fire extinguisher servicing process and ensured that all of out EXIT signs were working properly. He interacted well with our staff and clients. This is a man who truly enjoys his career! Thanks so very much! Benchmark Human Services appreciates you!

    thumb Sharon Pennington
    7/01/2019
  • review rating 5  Chris Thomas and Greg Muenech came out today and helped me with our fire suppression inspection. They were right on time and very knowledgeable about the system. They explained how the system worked, which was a huge help to me! Thanks guys!

    thumb zach jeppson
    6/28/2019

    review rating 5  Silco has had our commercial account at Signature Hardware for years. They have always been helpful and responsive. Nick with security was on site today and repaired a camera IP issue quickly to get us back up and running.

    thumb Billy James
    6/18/2019
  • review rating 5  Bobby came into Jean Stewart State Farm to check our Fire extinguishers and noticed our Exit sign wasn’t working. He very quickly made sure it was fixed and we were taken care of. Great customer service, great Silco employee. Send him next time again please! Thanks Bobby!

    thumb Nancy Allenbaugh
    5/21/2019

    review rating 5  Nick from the intercom and security division always does a great job. He is friendly, professional and does quality work. I would highly recommend.

    thumb manager Brad
    5/17/2019
  • review rating 5  Bobby was amazing! Very thorough and knowledgeable. He did a great job of keeping us updated on what was going on.

    thumb Adam Reed
    5/15/2019

    review rating 5  I had an opportunity to work with Jason at a shopping center that I manage. He was professional, efficient and thorough. I have had great experiences with Silco in the past and will continue to enlist their services in the future.

    thumb Todd Byers
    5/06/2019
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Cincinnati: (513) 733-5655
Dayton: (937) 426-9717
Columbus: (614) 449-2101
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