History

Chuck Rizzo grew up in the hard-working middle class home of James and Margaret Rizzo as the second youngest of five children. Education and social betterment were always stressed, as well as honesty and respect for all. He attended Penn State University’s Worthington Scranton campus and graduated with an Associate of Technologies Degree in Electrical Engineering Technologies in 1972. With a strong technical background, he went to work in the life safety systems field as a technician, installing and servicing large-scale, complex systems. In 1977, he accepted a position as a system sales engineer in the Lehigh Valley with a major fire alarm manufacturer.

#01 (Feb 1982) Eastern Time Recorder Company is established

#01 (Feb 1982) Eastern Time Recorder Company is established

In 1982, after a successful career in the life safety systems industry, Chuck left his previous place of employment to establish Eastern Time Recorder Company. There, he helped develop the…

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#02 (June 1985) Eastern Time, Inc. (ETI) is incorporated in the State of Pennsylvania

After a few years in business and with a strong following, the decision was made in June of 1985 to incorporate the Eastern Time Recorder Company as Eastern Time, Inc….

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#03 (August 1993) ETI moves into new 18,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters in Allentown, PA

With ETI enjoying much success in the life safety systems industry, it was time to look for a more appropriate building to house their corporate headquarters. It was decided that…

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#04 (June 1995) ETI opens Scranton area branch office

Although ETI had been securing work in the greater Lehigh Valley, Harrisburg and Scranton/Wilkes Barre markets since its inception, it was determined that ETI needed a greater presence in the…

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#05 (July 1998) Acquisition of the sound, video and nurse call divisions of Lehigh Electric Products

With a need for more sophisticated and powerful intercom and sound reinforcement systems, ETI looked for a well-aligned company for acquisition. In July of 1998, ETI acquired the sound, intercom,…

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#06 (March 2001) ETI opens Harrisburg area branch office

Although ETI had been securing work in the greater Lehigh Valley, Harrisburg and Scranton/Wilkes Barre markets since its inception, it was determined that ETI needed a greater presence in the…

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#07 (2006) Sons Marc Rizzo and Bryan Rizzo join the sales engineering team at ETI

In 2006, while studying Economics at the University of Maryland, Bryan Rizzo developed ETI’s first website. Upon graduation, he joined ETI as a system sales engineer with a foundation in…

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#08 (May 2009) ETI Acquires Central Security, Inc.

ETI became more focused on serving customer needs with better technology offerings to monitor their critical life safety and related systems. In May of 2009, ETI added residential and small…

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#09 (July 2009) First PGCB license is granted to ETI

Following the formation of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) in 2004, ETI was pleased to receive a PGCB license that is required to sell and service systems in the…

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#10 (April 2012) ETI establishes James and Margaret Rizzo Scholarship at Penn State University

ETI has always been a supporter of many community based organizations, such as Boy Scouts of America, foster homes, homeless shelters and youth organizations. In April of 2012, Chuck Rizzo…

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#11 (December 2013) ETI is nominated for “Top 30 for Sands Casino Supplier Excellence Awards”

Throughout the years, ETI has been honored for achievements in the systems integration industry. In December of 2013, ETI was nominated by The Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem in the category…

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#12 (Sept 2014) ETI is honored by receiving recognition as one of “Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies in America”

The United States and world economy experienced a substantial recession from 2008 to 2013. In 2014, ETI was honored among Inc. Magazine’s “5000 Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies in America,”…

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#013 (January 2015) Sons Marc and Bryan Rizzo become 2nd generation partners in the 33 year old family business

As of January 1st 2015, Chuck Rizzo named both Marc and Bryan Rizzo partners of the 33 year old enterprise. Both sons have been involved in various facets of the…

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