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.

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Flash Sawyer
Flash Sawyer
14:30 01 May 18
Excellent work performed by Luke. When you pay a company to maintain equipment that protects your business, you better get it right. Silco is a VAST improvement over my past company out of Cincinnati. Thank you Luke and Silco. You've earned your review with excellence. Sawyer's Downtown. Lexington, Ky
Paul Daumeyer
Paul Daumeyer
19:39 27 Apr 18
I was amazed by the exceptional service I received from Bobby, (Service Tech). He really seemed to care about what I needed and took care of my concerns immediately and professionally. I am a firm believer that great employees make for a great company. Thanks Bobby, and thanks Silco.
Tammy Hennessy
Tammy Hennessy
18:26 24 Apr 18
Matt and Chris were awesome and very professional gentlemen. They treated the residents with respect and worked with them in a timely manner. We had 2 of the nicest guys to get the job done.
Robert Templeman
Robert Templeman
15:35 08 May 18
Bobby Rutherford has been to our facility three times in the past six months. His work is always spot-on, excellent. I really appreciate his professionalism and work ethic.
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14:53 25 Apr 18
Service Tech, Eric West is very personable, very professional. He is an excellent representative of your company. He does his job thoroughly, explaining as he goes, answering any questions there may be. A+ Thank you!
Michael Bell
Michael Bell
16:08 11 May 18
Annual Visits are a breeze and their reporting to the fire department is an excellent new benefit. I have been utilizing their services for almost 10 years and am delighted that we are always in a safe way with their inspections and certification products. Joe Martini is a friendly and knowledgeable individual who makes the process fun and enjoyable.
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Cincinnati: (513) 733-5655
Dayton: (937) 426-9717
Columbus: (614) 449-2101
Akron: (330) 535-4343
Cleveland: (216) 252-3851
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