The Logan County Area Chamber of Commerce recognizes The Strayer Co. as July’s Business/Entrepreneur of the Month.
(Pictured left to right: Keith Strayer and Michael McLane)
The Strayer Co. began its family tradition of service in 1927 when Kenneth Strayer began his plumbing trade. Kenneth took a temporary leave from the business to serve his country in the U.S. Navy as a chief warrant officer during World War II. He worked on projects in France, Germany, and England and returned home using that experience to grow and expand the business in 1945 when the war was over.
K.E. Strayer Company was the original name of the company. Kenneth named the company this way because it is the seal of quality in every residential and commercial job by Strayer. In addition to the plumbing business, Kenneth’s wife, Leona, operated the Strayer Appliance Store in Bellefontaine until 1955.
Keith Strayer, the current President of The Strayer Co. started working the summer of 1972 and joined the company full time after graduation in 1975. He was put in a leadership role in 1981 and is still at the helm of the business today.
Strayer Co. provides plumbing, heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration services to Logan and surrounding counties. Along with Keith, other employees include: Tammy Strayer, Office Administration, who began as Secretary/Treasurer in 1987 and was named vice president in 2009, and Michael McLane, who started in 1994. Employees Dennis Bensman, Herb Bensman, Jeremy Erdy, Rian Mooneyham, Paul (Porky) Thomas, and Gary (Doc) Noble help provide the quality service Strayer Co. is known for.
They feel that small town does not mean small time. Success has to be directly tied to customer service and standing behind your work and morals. To keep up with current trends they have initiated a new company website under the guidance of Comstor Team approach.
When asked why they chose to be a member of the Logan County Area Chamber of Commerce, Keith said, “Chamber memberships convey credibility to your customers and the community. The chamber is the first step with new business coming to the community. Networking and contacts are crucial in helping this company grow and meet customer requests.”
For more information call 592-5826 or visit their website www.strayerco.com.