Daleco - History of the Company

Upon graduation from school in 1975, and far too energetic a person to sit behind a desk shuffling papers, Dale Bartholomew went of work for a family owned kitchen equipment dealer. His original plans were for this employment stint to be nothing more than a short term occupation before quickly moving on to bigger and better things.

However, Dale quickly fell in love with the business, and for the next 13 years, Mr. Bartholomew worked for this company learning the trade and becoming a well known expert in the field of commercial kitchen lay-out and installation in all types of foodservice operations.

After 13 years, it was time to move on and start his own company. On April 1, 1990 Daleco was born. Over the past 20 years, the number of customers has steadily grown - from the "mom and pop" restaurants to the large chain fast food operations, Daleco has earned a reputation for Quality, Fairness, Superior Knowledge, Reasonable Pricing, Flexibility, and Speed.

Because of the quality craftsmanship put into every job, Mr. Bartholomew has had many requests, and plenty of opportunity, to grow the company. But because of his desire to provide personal attention to every customer, he continues to resist large scale growth, preferring to keep the number of employees under ten.

Today Daleco is still a small company with a big reputation. Daleco's largest and most prestigious project was a contract to install all the kitchen equipment, in all foodservice operation areas, in the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Ohio. The new home of the Cincinnati Reds opened in the Spring of 2003.

Personal Background - Dale Bartholomew

Dale Bartholomew and his wife Louann have been married for over 35 years and have a daughter Chrissy who lives in Chicago and works as a hospice chaplain. Together, Dale and Louann operate and manage the company business.

Mr. Bartholomew was previously a long-time active member of Kiwanis International. Kiwanis is a world-wide service organization working through individual community clubs for the benefit of their respective communities with a particular focus on needs of children.

In 1991, Mr.Bartholomew's knowledge of construction earned him an appointment to the Anderson Township Development Advisory Committee and he served a number of years as chairman.

The Anderson Township Board of Trustees appointed Mr. Bartholomew to the Anderson Park District Board of Commissioners in 1995 and Dale served on that board for 20 years. The Board of Park Commissioners creates policy for, and oversees, the operation of one of Ohio's largest and most progressive township park districts. Mr. Bartholomew recently retired as a volunteer park commissioner in 2015 and served several terms as the board president. Mr. Bartholomew is still active on the Anderson Foundation for Parks and Recreation and currently serves as board president.

For his long record of unending community service, Mr. Bartholomew was recognized as Citizen of the Year in 1997 by the Anderson Township Chamber of Commerce.

Since 1984 the Bartholomew family have been active members of the Mt. Washington Baptist Church. Mr. Bartholomew has served on the board of the church's land holding company holding the office of Vice President for two years and has also served as the past chairman of the holding company's board of trustees. He currently serves as assistant treasurer.

In 2001 Mr. Bartholomew was appointed to the State of Ohio Small Business Advisory Council by then Ohio Governor Bob Taft to assist in advising the governor on matters important to small businesses in the State of Ohio. He served on that council until the end of Governor Taft's term in 2006.

In 2007, the Great Oaks Career and Technical Educational School District recognized Dale as a distinguished alumni.

While the Daleco business is still located in Anderson Township, Dale and Louann recently moved to a new home in Pierce Township. Dale is already advocating for the creation of a township park district in Pierce as he intends to become active in his new community.