Safeway Building Systems, Inc. began in 1980 as an electrical contracting company and today includes Safeway companies providing electrical, fire alarm installation, office cabling, security systems, and solar systems services.
The company serves Southern California commercial and industrial clients from its base in Colton. Safeway's wide range of professional licenses and affiliations with leading manufacturers help the company deliver top quality and service.
Safeway has also invested in state-of-the art tools such as CAD & BIM (Building Information Modeling) systems in order to provide in-house design services. Equipment investments in boom trucks and heavy equipment mean the company can provide extensive services for commercial and industrial clients, including underground dry utilities and high-reach lighting and alarm services.
The first Safeway company, Safeway Electric, was founded by Dan Scherneck, who began as an electrical apprentice and worked as an electrical superintendent for an Inland Empire electrical contractor specializing in building ground-up large retail stores before starting out on his own and specializing in motor controls.
Dan earned a construction management certificate from Cal Poly Pomona. After acquiring a B license as a general building contractor in 1996, Dan founded DND Construction, which was later renamed Safeway Construction. He founded Safeway Electric in 1980 upon receiving his C-10 electrical contractor license.
Dan founded Safeway SSI (then known as Progressive Systems) in 1993 as a low-voltage systems contractor providing fire alarm, access control, CCTV, voice/data, nurse call and security to commercial, industrial and institutional markets.
SSI in 1999 and 2000 was awarded Galaxy and Checkpoint, which is now Sielox distributorships to serve the growing need for access control services in our area.
In 2001, SSI earned the coveted UL-Listing as Fire Alarm Designers and Installers. In 2008, the company was awarded the Honeywell Commercial Security Systems Provider dealership. In 2010, the company was awarded the preferred Bosch Certified Security Dealer.
Today, Dan remains the owner/operator of Safeway Building Systems, Inc., which includes all of the Safeway companies serving southern California.
With more than 30 years of experience in the electrical contracting industry, the company has grown to become one of the leading electrical merit shops in southern California through a solid work ethic and a commitment to complete projects on time and within budget.
The company has expanded its electrical capabilities over the years to serve specialized-skill clients such as medical facilities and high-technology companies, as well as general commercial, industrial, and municipal clients.
SSI was founded as Progressive Systems in 1993, initially in order to support Safeway Electric. The construction process in California often requires that electrical contractors be responsible for subcontracting low-voltage systems. After experiencing difficulties getting the job done right and on time while working with many of the areas alarm and low-voltage systems contractors, the company decided to develop a sister company to provide these services.
SSI started as a low-voltage systems contractor providing fire alarm, access control, CCTV, voice/data, nurse call and security to the areas commercial, industrial and public works markets.
In 1999 and 2000, the company added Galaxy and Checkpoint (now Sielox) distributorships to serve the growing need for access control services in our area.
In 2001, SSI earned the coveted UL Listing as fire alarm designers and installers. This Listing with Underwriters Laboratories allows us to provide fire alarm systems to the most demanding customers, such as hospitals, banks, schools and other public venues. It is awarded only after an Underwriters Laboratories deputy personally reviews our projects, our office and our procedures to ensure that we meet the stringent UL-Listing criteria.
In 2008, the company was awarded the Honeywell Commercial Security Systems dealership.
Over the years, Safeway has become an industry leader in the low-voltage systems design and installation arena with state-of-the-art technology and highly trained personnel. We have expanded our product line to include general alarm company services to commercial and industrial customers.
Today, we serve all of southern California as a complete alarm company and low-voltage systems integration contractor, Building a Safe & Secure Southern California.
The last of the three major business units solar was started in 2009 when a C-46 solar photovoltaic license was obtained. Although we have completed many solar projects under our C-10 electrical license, founder Dan Scherneck qualified for and obtained the C-46 license as an example to our clients that we continue to stay abreast of all the latest technology and licensing.