Magnum Security Services was founded in 1980 in South Bend, Indiana by brothers Michael and Joseph Marazita and remains locally owned and operated in Michiana by them. In Indiana at that time, private detective licensure was regulated by the Indiana State Police. MSSI was incorporated in Indiana in 1982 as a Sub-chapter S corporation. That same year, MSSI expanded operations into Michigan. Then, all private detective and security guard agencies were licensed/regulated by the Michigan Department of State Police. In Michigan, MSSI does business as Marz Security Services, Inc.
In May of 1983, sister Kimberly Williams (nee Marazita) joined the corporation and has been an integral part of our success. She currently serves as Office Manager and Corporation Secretary.
In 1986 Joseph Marazita left to join the FBI. He returned in 1987. Also, in 1987, Susan Marazita (nee Bella) started working for the business. She is the wife of President Michael Marazita. Susan's mother, Theresa Bella, is a retired professional seamstress and has done an excellent job on our uniforms for roughly the past 35 years -often on very short notice.
In 1989, we purchased the building at our current location on South Bend Avenue in the historical East Race district of downtown South Bend, Indiana. At one time, this building had been the site of Pollack Pharmacy; owned by the family of the famous director/actor, Sydney Pollack. Additionally, we have an office in Niles, Michigan in a building owned by our uncle, Albert Marazita, until his death.
We are proud that we have had hundreds of military veterans who have worked with us over the years. Several area law enforcement officers, also, received their start in the field with us.
We are truly a family-run business. In addition to the core-four of Michael, Joseph, Kimberly, and Susan, other family members that have worked with us include: Susan's father, Joseph Bella, brother Paul Marazita, Joseph's wife, Kathy and daughters, Angela and Tara and Michael's daughter, Stephanie, and son Joseph Paul. Joseph Paul is currently operations Sergeant. Stephanie Blandford (nee Marazita) is an attorney in Lansing, Michigan advising the company on various legal matters.
We have provided security services to many of Michiana's leading industries/businesses during our 35 year history including: AT&T, United States Postal Service, UPS, DHL, University of Notre Dame, Ashland Chemical, Mastic Corporation, Bethlehem Steel, National Steel, Kokoku Wire, Scott Brass, Uniroyal, Tyler Refrigeration/Carrier, Simplicity Pattern, Hedwin Corporation, South Bend Lathe, Wells Aluminum, LTV, Holland Motors, Expedited Freight Services, ESI Meats, Plumrose, Redi-Froze/Scot-Lad Foods and Hudson's among others. Sadly, many of these businesses have closed and/or no longer have a local presence.
However, we remain in business. Let the most experienced, local professionals design a security program to meet your needs today.