Company History

Suburban History

Suburban’s history begins in 1960, when the company was founded by Jim Smith. Jim was able to lift the company off the ground and achieve success by following core principles that he firmly believed in, which include: acting with integrity, working hard, treating your co-workers as family, and being selfless by putting the needs of others before our own. After many years of growth and prosperity in Northeast Wisconsin, this led to the strategic acquisition of Sentry Security in 1986. In 1989, Jim passed along the same principles that the company was founded on, along with his years of industry knowledge to his son Guy J. Smith, who was then named President and CEO of Suburban. Under Guy’s leadership, Suburban was able to continue the company’s proven track record of growth and success by empowering our team members and becoming employee-owned in 1999. In 2012, Perry R. Schisel was named President of Suburban, and was later named President and CEO in 2018. Perry began his career as an electrical apprentice and during his tenure with the company, advanced his career into positions of increasing responsibility and strategic influence. Perry has helped immensely in shaping the future success of Suburban by expanding the company’s Core Values and rebranding as Suburban Enterprises to grow the company’s Automation and Technology divisions. Suburban was also able to grow their Automation and Fabrication capabilities through the addition of their new industrial facility and the Suburban Fabrication business division in December of 2021 and January of 2022, respectively. Suburban continues to thrive and prosper by following the same principles that were instilled in the company from day one, while also being open and receptive to ever-changing customer demands.

Timeline

1960
Suburban Electric was founded by Jim Smith
Suburban Electric Front Entrance
1960
1986
Suburban acquired Sentry Security
1986
1989
Guy J. Smith, PE named President and CEO of Suburban Electric
Guy J Smith PE named President and CEO
1989
1999
Suburban becomes employee-owned
Suburban becomes employee owned
1999
2012 | 2018
Perry R. Schisel named President of Suburban Electric in 2012 and Is Formally Announced As The President and CEO in 2018
Perry R Schisel named President in 2012 and CEO in 2018
2012 | 2018
2020
Suburban Electric changes name to Suburban Enterprises and forms three separate business divisions: Automation, Electric and Technology
2020
2021
Suburban Enterprises Expands Automation and Fabrication Capabilities with Addition of New Industrial Facility
2021
2022
Suburban Enterprises Announces the Launch of Suburban Fabrication
2022
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