Our Family History

Six Generations of Expertise

Verdin was founded in 1842 in Cincinnati by French immigrant brothers, Francois de Sales and Michel Verdin. The Verdin Company has always been led by family members who pass along their commitment to quality, customer service, and old-world craftsmanship.

In 1842, Verdin installed its first product, a tower clock, at Old St. Mary's Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. When Francois de Sales Verdin, one of the original founders, turned the business over to his son, Alois Nicholas Verdin, he began a 170-year tradition of successfully passing the business from one generation to the next.

Verdin Innovations

Innes Theophilus (I.T.) Verdin, the third generation of Verdins to run the business, opened up new doors for the company in 1927 when he invented the first electric bell ringer used in America. Prior to this breakthrough, all bells were rung by hand.

In 1934, leadership of the company passed to his sons Robert Verdin, Sr., Ralph Verdin, and Forrest Verdin. Together, they modernized the company's products and continued the trend set by I.T. Verdin of introducing electrification to many installations that were manually operated.

Continuing the Tradition

Fifth Generation

Today Verdin is led by the fifth generation of Verdins — cousins Robert J. Verdin (middle), Chief Executive, James Verdin (right), President, and David Verdin (left), Vice President. Like their family members before them, today's generation leads the company forward by blending technological innovation with old-world craftsmanship, leading the company with creative ideas, new clock and bell products —including introducing electronic bells— and unparalleled customer service.

Sixth Generation

The sixth generation, Bob Verdin, Tim Verdin, Tom Verdin, and Jill Crew, together have 60 years of experience in all aspects of the Verdin Company. Like their fathers, this generation is committed to quality, customer service, innovations, and old-world craftsmanship.

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