Our History

Our History

Ronco Specialized Systems is at its a core, a family business. And remembering where we started is as important as planning for the future.

Ronco Founder, Harry Ronan posing for a picture at his desk in Tonawanda, New York.
The Ronco group of companies was formed by Harry Ronan and Robert (Bob) Dutschman in 1965. Starting out modestly in a small rented office, the companies’ initial direction was the design, sale and service of emergency standby power systems for corporate, educational and municipal facilities.

After World War II, founder Harry Ronan began a career as a bench technician at Motorola servicing two-way communications radios. During his tenure there, he attained the position of Vice President of Sales. Years later, Ronan decided it was his time to take his background in engineering, experience as a naval communications specialist, and time at Motorola to start the Ronan Company, later shortened to “Ronco.” Harry felt his new company should be based on sound engineering principles and asked Bob Dutschman (also a Motorola engineer reporting to Harry at the time) to join him in his new venture.

From the onset, Harry and Bob set their sights on new construction projects. They worked closely with architectural and engineering firms to assist in the design of standby power requirements for various facilities. Ronco provided electrical contractors with the product, engineering and field support for highly complex and custom standby power applications.

As the Architecture and Engineering communities began to recognize Ronco for their expertise in standby power systems and rely on them for it, they discovered that Harry, Bob and all Ronco professionals commanded a second-to-none understanding of communication systems. The more Ronco was sought out for its expertise, the more Harry and Bob knew Ronco had to diversify into the world of professional communications applications.

By the mid-1970s, Ronco had truly begun to diversity, designing, selling and maintaining a myriad of collaborations solutions, from school intercoms and clocks, to nurse call hardware, professional sound, and TV distribution systems. Ronco was growing by leaps and bounds in every direction. Seeing the writing on the wall, Harry and Bob established several separate companies, each company responsible for their own P & L’s, to better serve their disparate customer bases; Ronco Specialized Systems was born. The uniqueness of the Ronco companies is the architecture of the systems provided by each of the companies to integrate with the other, allowing Ronco to be a pioneer in providing a complete package of communication systems – all working together as a fully integrated and complete system. Ronco was a systems integrator prior to the term even being invented.

Ronco Co-Founder, Bob (“Dutsch”) Dutschman remarking on the company’s progression over the years.

Today the Ronco companies remain a family enterprise, managed by Chris Wasp, Jr. (grandson of Founder, Harry Ronan), CEO of Ronco Communications and Ronco Specialized Systems. Both companies maintain a strong connection to their roots: an obligation to help those who helped others; a desire to make our customers bigger, better, stronger through provision of second-to-none expertise and service; and a humble appreciation for the fact that our future lies in hands of our customers.

Ronco Specialized Systems is at its a core, a family business. And remembering where we started is as important as planning for the future.

 

The Ronco group of companies was formed by Harry Ronan and Robert (Bob) Dutschman in 1965. Starting out modestly in a small rented office, the companies’ initial direction was the design, sale and service of emergency standby power systems for corporate, educational and municipal facilities.

After World War II, founder Harry Ronan began a career as a bench technician at Motorola servicing two-way communications radios. During his tenure there, he attained the position of Vice President of Sales. Years later, Ronan decided it was his time to take his background in engineering, experience as a naval communications specialist, and time at Motorola to start the Ronan Company, later shortened to “Ronco.” Harry felt his new company should be based on sound engineering principles and asked Bob Dutschman (also a Motorola engineer reporting to Harry at the time) to join him in his new venture.

 

Ronco Founder, Harry Ronan posing for a picture at his desk in Tonawanda, New York.

 

The Ronco group of companies was formed by Harry Ronan and Robert (Bob) Dutschman in 1965. Starting out modestly in a small rented office, the companies’ initial direction was the design, sale and service of emergency standby power systems for corporate, educational and municipal facilities.

After World War II, founder Harry Ronan began a career as a bench technician at Motorola servicing two-way communications radios. During his tenure there, he attained the position of Vice President of Sales. Years later, Ronan decided it was his time to take his background in engineering, experience as a naval communications specialist, and time at Motorola to start the Ronan Company, later shortened to “Ronco.” Harry felt his new company should be based on sound engineering principles and asked Bob Dutschman (also a Motorola engineer reporting to Harry at the time) to join him in his new venture.

From the onset, Harry and Bob set their sights on new construction projects. They worked closely with architectural and engineering firms to assist in the design of standby power requirements for various facilities. Ronco provided electrical contractors with the product, engineering and field support for highly complex and custom standby power applications.

As the Architecture and Engineering communities began to recognize Ronco for their expertise in standby power systems and rely on them for it, they discovered that Harry, Bob and all Ronco professionals commanded a second-to-none understanding of communication systems. The more Ronco was sought out for its expertise, the more Harry and Bob knew Ronco had to diversify into the world of professional communications applications.

 

Ronco Co-Founder, Bob (“Dutsch”) Dutschman remarking on the company’s progression over the years.

 

From the onset, Harry and Bob set their sights on new construction projects. They worked closely with architectural and engineering firms to assist in the design of standby power requirements for various facilities. Ronco provided electrical contractors with the product, engineering and field support for highly complex and custom standby power applications.

As the Architecture and Engineering communities began to recognize Ronco for their expertise in standby power systems and rely on them for it, they discovered that Harry, Bob and all Ronco professionals commanded a second-to-none understanding of communication systems. The more Ronco was sought out for its expertise, the more Harry and Bob knew Ronco had to diversify into the world of professional communications applications.

By the mid-1970s, Ronco had truly begun to diversity, designing, selling and maintaining a myriad of collaborations solutions, from school intercoms and clocks, to nurse call hardware, professional sound, and TV distribution systems. Ronco was growing by leaps and bounds in every direction. Seeing the writing on the wall, Harry and Bob established several separate companies, each company responsible for their own P & L’s, to better serve their disparate customer bases; Ronco Specialized Systems was born. The uniqueness of the Ronco companies is the architecture of the systems provided by each of the companies to integrate with the other, allowing Ronco to be a pioneer in providing a complete package of communication systems – all working together as a fully integrated and complete system. Ronco was a systems integrator prior to the term even being invented.

Today the Ronco companies remain a family enterprise, managed by Chris Wasp, Jr. (grandson of Founder, Harry Ronan), CEO of Ronco Communications and Ronco Specialized Systems. Both companies maintain a strong connection to their roots: an obligation to help those who helped others; a desire to make our customers bigger, better, stronger through provision of second-to-none expertise and service; and a humble appreciation for the fact that our future lies in hands of our customers.

 

Ronco Specialized Systems is at its a core, a family business. And remembering where we started is as important as planning for the future.

 

The Ronco group of companies was formed by Harry Ronan and Robert (Bob) Dutschman in 1965. Starting out modestly in a small rented office, the companies’ initial direction was the design, sale and service of emergency standby power systems for corporate, educational and municipal facilities.

After World War II, founder Harry Ronan began a career as a bench technician at Motorola servicing two-way communications radios. During his tenure there, he attained the position of Vice President of Sales. Years later, Ronan decided it was his time to take his background in engineering, experience as a naval communications specialist, and time at Motorola to start the Ronan Company, later shortened to “Ronco.” Harry felt his new company should be based on sound engineering principles and asked Bob Dutschman (also a Motorola engineer reporting to Harry at the time) to join him in his new venture.

Ronco Founder, Harry Ronan posing for a picture at his desk in Tonawanda, New York.

The Ronco group of companies was formed by Harry Ronan and Robert (Bob) Dutschman in 1965. Starting out modestly in a small rented office, the companies’ initial direction was the design, sale and service of emergency standby power systems for corporate, educational and municipal facilities.

After World War II, founder Harry Ronan began a career as a bench technician at Motorola servicing two-way communications radios. During his tenure there, he attained the position of Vice President of Sales. Years later, Ronan decided it was his time to take his background in engineering, experience as a naval communications specialist, and time at Motorola to start the Ronan Company, later shortened to “Ronco.” Harry felt his new company should be based on sound engineering principles and asked Bob Dutschman (also a Motorola engineer reporting to Harry at the time) to join him in his new venture.

From the onset, Harry and Bob set their sights on new construction projects. They worked closely with architectural and engineering firms to assist in the design of standby power requirements for various facilities. Ronco provided electrical contractors with the product, engineering and field support for highly complex and custom standby power applications.

As the Architecture and Engineering communities began to recognize Ronco for their expertise in standby power systems and rely on them for it, they discovered that Harry, Bob and all Ronco professionals commanded a second-to-none understanding of communication systems. The more Ronco was sought out for its expertise, the more Harry and Bob knew Ronco had to diversify into the world of professional communications applications.

Ronco Co-Founder, Bob (“Dutsch”) Dutschman remarking on the company’s progression over the years.

From the onset, Harry and Bob set their sights on new construction projects. They worked closely with architectural and engineering firms to assist in the design of standby power requirements for various facilities. Ronco provided electrical contractors with the product, engineering and field support for highly complex and custom standby power applications.

As the Architecture and Engineering communities began to recognize Ronco for their expertise in standby power systems and rely on them for it, they discovered that Harry, Bob and all Ronco professionals commanded a second-to-none understanding of communication systems. The more Ronco was sought out for its expertise, the more Harry and Bob knew Ronco had to diversify into the world of professional communications applications.

By the mid-1970s, Ronco had truly begun to diversity, designing, selling and maintaining a myriad of collaborations solutions, from school intercoms and clocks, to nurse call hardware, professional sound, and TV distribution systems. Ronco was growing by leaps and bounds in every direction. Seeing the writing on the wall, Harry and Bob established several separate companies, each company responsible for their own P & L’s, to better serve their disparate customer bases; Ronco Specialized Systems was born. The uniqueness of the Ronco companies is the architecture of the systems provided by each of the companies to integrate with the other, allowing Ronco to be a pioneer in providing a complete package of communication systems – all working together as a fully integrated and complete system. Ronco was a systems integrator prior to the term even being invented.

Today the Ronco companies remain a family enterprise, managed by Chris Wasp, Jr. (grandson of Founder, Harry Ronan), CEO of Ronco Communications and Ronco Specialized Systems. Both companies maintain a strong connection to their roots: an obligation to help those who helped others; a desire to make our customers bigger, better, stronger through provision of second-to-none expertise and service; and a humble appreciation for the fact that our future lies in hands of our customers.

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