Solo Cooperatives

Solomon Corp. forms strategic alliance in Kansas

A company that specializes in repair, remanufacture, and disposal of transformers and other electrical equipment for utilities and industry—Solomon Corporation— has formed a strategic alliance with Kansas Electric Cooperatives of Topeka, Kansas, as part of what it calls a large-scale expansion project.

According to company officials, under terms of the agreement, Solomon will acquire the assets and employees of the KEC Apparatus and Testing Division from Kansas Electric Cooperatives, 38 miles south of Topeka, in Osage City, Kansas. The division offers sale and repair of regulators, reclosers and breaker products, as well as in-field and in-house dissolved gas analysis sampling.

KEC will continue to operate under its name. Solomon said it will work to retain all current KEC customers utilizing pricing, service and quality standards “to which they are accustomed.”

Most importantly, the company adds highly skilled technicians who have helped build and maintain the business. “It is very difficult to find the level of talent that is present at the KEC facility elsewhere in the market,” said Mitch Sweigart, Business Development Manager for Solomon Corp. “Adding these people to the Solomon team will be an incredible benefit to our customers.” That’s the deja vu part of the story…but it’s always better to see it being addressed instead of lamented.

“The electric cooperatives in Kansas look forward to working more closely with Solomon Corporation to bring benefit to customers of both companies,” said Bruce Graham, CEO of Kansas Electric Cooperatives. “The fact that the two companies are both Kansas based and jobs will stay in Osage County was also important.”

“The new acquisition will add capacity, inventory and qualified personnel. Solomon Corp is excited about that additional resources this acquisition brings the organization,” officials explained. “It became very clear early on in the process that the two organizations share a similar culture and passion for their customers and employees.”

“Solomon Corporation is proud to be affiliated with KEC in such a significant way. The partnership will allow us to serve KEC members with a higher level of service, quality and value,” said Tom Hemmer, CEO of Solomon Corporation.

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