Satterfield & Ryan Spans 3 Generations

Screen Shot 2016-01-12 at 3.12.31 PMA family-owned business for three generations, Satterfield & Ryan has served the Greater Milford and surrounding Delmarva area for 84 years. Located at 8266 N. Union Road in Milford, Satterfield & Ryan’s technicians provide full-service electrical contracting for residential and commercial properties. They offer services from changing out light switches, running phone and internet lines, complete new service, repairs and more. They also offer lighting repairs and new service for hard to reach areas like pole lights and parking lot lights.

In addition to supplying electrical contracted service, Satterfield & Ryan has grown its

company to include our subsidiary company Delaware Generators. They are a full service Generac stand-by generator dealer, providing installation, maintenance, repair and sales for the Delmarva Peninsula.

“People are being more proactive instead of reactive when it comes to installing generators and are taking action as they look to the future. People are seeing what has happened with power outages due to big storms, winter weather and when accidents happen. Nothing like being in the middle of a shower, making dinner or needing medical equipment and you loose power,” said owner Dan Herholdt. “Generac stands by generators offer the peace of mind that when the powers goes out, they are covered. With a Generac stand-by generator, it senses when the powers goes off and automatically comes on. It will then know when the power comes back on and it will turn itself off. You do not have to do a thing.”

On the commercial side, Satterfield & Ryan’s  assists businesses support and secure the service to their customers. The company has installed Generac generators for local businesses including radio stations 88.7 The Bridge and 97.1 The Wave, and La Red Health Center.  With over 500 active customers, Satterfield & Ryan continues to experience success as they hope to hire more employees with persistent growth. Supporting community events such as the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford’s Riverwalk Freedom Festival and Relay for Life, Dan Herholdt is looking to enlarge the community service side of the business.

“We want to be active in our community. Community is very important for us,” commented Dan. “We are a family- and Christian-owned business and our principles are biblical principles. Our business belongs to the Lord first and fore-most, without that we would not be here.”

Founded in 1931 by John Satterfield and H.W. Ryan, Mr. Ryan sold his interest in the company to the current owners’ great uncle, John Satterfield, on September 24, 1932. Upon his retirement John turned the company over to his nephew, Michael Herholdt, as Mike worked and ran the company until his retirement , when he handed the operation of the company over to his sons. Three years ago, after being located in Harrington for several decades, the Herholdt family moved the shop to Milford where their family has lived for the past 40 years. General Manager Dan Herholdt, who began working for his father’s company most of his life, proudly acknowledges that his father’s influence lives on after his passing in 2012.

“He taught us how to deal with people and he was always out in the field taking care of customers. He stressed to us just how important the customer is,” commented Herholdt. “A strong work ethic and communication with people were big things for him. Everyone he met was a potential friend.” Dan says.

To find out more information about Satterfield & Ryan, individuals are encouraged to call

302-422-4919, visit them online at and find them on Facebook.

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