Who We Are
Group Dekko provides… engineered products and solutions from multiple manufacturing locations excelling at complexity management and unparalleled customer service that delivers… what the customer wants, when the customer wants it that enables… them to do what they do best.
Established in 1952, Group Dekko began as Lyall Electric with five employees producing ready-made wiring assemblies, or “harnesses,” for manufacturers of commercial refrigerators. The vision that launched Lyall Electric was shared by Chester (Chet) E. Dekko and Lyall D. Morrill. They believed that manufacturers of commercial refrigerators could benefit from ready-made wiring assemblies, eliminating the labor-intensive practice of hand-wiring cabinets. This inspiration and attention to customer needs led to continued growth and expansion, and became the foundation of the Dekko business principals.
Lyall Electric experienced extraordinary growth as it vertically integrated and expanded its customer and market base. After acquiring Pent, Inc. in 1962, and salvaging the Pent name, Group Dekko realized this new venture would become the cornerstone of continued company progress and inspired advanced product development concepts allowing the company to enter new markets. As growth occurred, critical needs were identified and internal resources were created.
Group Dekko realized a solutions-oriented customer strategy and expanded its core competencies to include: engineering design, testing and certification, electrical advancements, heating solutions, wire winding technologies, metal fabrications, powder coating, injection molding, profile extrusion, and more recently industry leading power and electrical systems, fluid controls, and LED lighting solutions.
What began as a hand-operated toggle clamp for rubber molding, developed on Chet’s dining room table, later grew into a sophisticated organization of integrated resources with more than 50 facilities in five states and four countries.
After continued business success, in 1988 Chet Dekko purchased the remaining Morrill Family interest and became the group’s sole owner, changing the name of Lyall Electric to Group Dekko International, Inc. When Dekko passed away in 1992, his legacy and vision continued under family influenced leadership until the sale of the company in 2006.
Group Dekko Today
In 2006, Group Dekko underwent a structure transformation, as nine independent organizations were unified under one voice, with a focus on new product development while continuing Group Dekko’s history of intimate customer service. Today, Group Dekko remains privately held and is led by John R. May as CEO. May leads the team with a more refined strategy to accelerate customer satisfaction, new product introduction and operational excellence. As a new culture for accomplishment develops, Group Dekko intends to positively impact relationships with customers, and the communities it serves. This philosophy will reflect in the relentless and disciplined execution of future goals.
With headquarters in Garrett, Indiana, Group Dekko employs approximately 1,500 associates across 11 facilities in three states and Mexico. From off-road heavy-duty equipment and diesel engine applications, to office furniture, to medical defibrillators, Group Dekko manufacturers a broad variety of products for the office furniture, transportation and industrial, architectural lighting, appliance, and medical markets.
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