Smart Business Magazine recently featured their 2019 Family Business Conference & Family Business Achievement Awards. Recognizing Northeast Ohio organizations that best demonstrate a strong commitment to both business, family and longevity.
Orrville Area Chamber member PFI Displays, Inc. in Rittman was recognized as one of the 2019 Family Business Achievement Award Winners. Read the feature article below. Read about the other winners in both categories with the link below.
After spending 25 years running factories for a Cleveland display manufacturer, Founder Vincent J. Tricomi decided to launch his own family business in 1970. Unlike some entrepreneurs who start a business with the end goal of selling it, Tricomi’s goal was to establish a sustainable and successful company for multiple generations.
What began as a small operation providing custom-designed-and-built displays for faucets, car stereo systems and tools out of a local barn has grown into PFI Displays, Inc. — a designer and manufacturer of point of purchase displays, custom fixtures, branded environments, trade show exhibits and more operating across two facilities spanning more than 125,000 square feet.
As the business grew, each of Vincent’s three sons joined the company. As CEO, Anthony, ensures the company continues to grow under the family’s keen eye for detail and thorough knowledge of manufacturing procedures. Second-generation family members include Jim, who serves as senior vice president of sales and Ray, who is retired. In 2004, the first member of the family’s third generation, Vince, joined in an entry level sales role. He now serves as vice president of business development.
A custom manufacturer, PFI tackles complex challenges ranging from installing client product to wiring and plumbing and solving logistical challenges.
Key to this family legacy of success is PFI leadership’s vigilant focus on Vincent’s founding commitment to work ethic, particularly with succession planning. Tricomi family members who want to join the company must first attain at least three years of outside business experience after earning a college degree to ensure they bring experience and best practices to the table and fuel growth. Additionally, PFI benefits from strong team of nonfamily employees who have been with the company for decades, playing pivotal roles in its long-term viability.