On May 1st, 1989, Rich Ackley and and a team of talented people pooled their combined 100 years of experience and founded Dalmatian Fire, Inc. in Indianapolis, Indiana. On the same day, Rich also opened a branch office in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The second week of Dalmatian’s operations, the company sold an $8,900 tenant finish sprinkler job in Cincinnati. Now, over 27 years later, we have produced in excess of $515 million in fire sprinkler revenue.
In 1995, we opened our third branch office in Columbus, Ohio, and in 2005, we opened our fourth branch office in Louisville, Kentucky.
Looking for a memorable name synonymous with the fire-service industry, we decided on Dalmatian Fire, the fireman’s faithful mascot. At the time, we didn’t realize that it was one of the most misspelled words in the English language.
We are always making sure people use an “A” and not an “O” for the last vowel in Dalmatian.
Although we are large enough to complete nearly any job that comes our way, we are proud of the fact that we have been able to maintain a small-company culture—one that values long-term relationships, safety, and quality.
When customers call Dalmatian offices, they hear a “live” voice on the other end. It’s this attention to detail, along with small personal touches, that help to ensure we’re doing everything we can to meet our customers’ needs.
For Dalmatian, it continues to be an honor to “Protect People, Property, and Dreams” from the ravaging destruction of fire at home, in the workplace, and in public venues.