Acme Armature

New ownership at Sheboygan, Wisc. electric motor repair shop

Coupling over 100 years of combined staff experience in the electromechanical motor repair industry with a focus on customer service, Chad Bahrs begins a period of new ownership at Acme Armature Works Inc., in Sheboygan, Wisc. this year. 

In September 2016, Bahrs purchased Sheboygan Armature Works from brothers Dale and Dave Kautzer. Bahrs inherits a business with a long and successful history dating back to 1951, when Sheboygan Armature Works Inc. opened in a small downtown Sheboygan shop before moving to its current location in 1971.

After accumulating 16 years of prior experience in the field at various electromechanical repair shops in the area, Bahrs enters the world of business ownership while retaining an encyclopedia of knowledge provided by the company’s previous ownership.

The new owner says he aims to expand the business with added services and new equipment, including a full machine shop and welding department, and “take it to the next level,” Bahrs said in a press release Monday, adding that “now, we can do more in our shop, rather than having to outsource certain types of work.”

Bahrs, who resides in Elkhart Lake, Wisc., with his wife Jamie and three children, credited the Kautzers with giving the company credibility and providing long-standing customer service. “Customers know, those two guys really know what they’re doing,” he said.

Chad Bahrs intends to bring a hands-on approach to the newly named Acme Armature.—Acme Armature photo

He describes Acme Armature Works as a one-stop electrical apparatus service shop. This label encompasses servo motors, spindles, commercial and agricultural applications. Points of emphasis include diagnostic response time and keen repair analysis, bolstered by a repair team with lengthy experience with a wide spectrum of rotating equipment.

Acme is PDTA (Power Transmission Distributors Association) and EASA certified. In addition, it recently earned the Recommended Practice for the Repair of Rotating Electrical Apparatus (ANSI/EASA AR100-2015) accreditation. According to Bahrs, the Acme Armature Works staff doesn’t shy away from pushing themselves beyond the limit to meet the needs of its customers. Networking and quality service have built up a hefty database for the company, which also maintains inventory for bearings, brushes, and other replacement parts.

In addition, AAW offers several perks for offerings for the regular client, including 24-hour emergency services, same-day repairs, and free pickup and delivery. Also, there are no evaluation charges if items are recycled onsite.

New equipment sales are in the picture, too. While Bahrs calls repair the shop’s “bread and butter”, he stresses that it makes an effort to track down rare and specific parts. Acme also sells new electric and servo motors from a number of different manufacturers.

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