No longer family owned

Colin Electric Motor Service will be part of JCI Industries, Inc. 

For more than a century, businesses in Lincoln, Nebraska, have called Colin Electric Motor Service Company, also known as CEMSCO,  for help with motor repairs and sales. Soon, their calls will be answered with a new greeting, when Colin becomes “JCI-Colin.”
The name change, transitional and temporary, signifies the company’s recent sale to JCI Industries, a provider of  equipment and service for motors, drives, controls, pumps, and the wastewater industry. According to Bob Colin, company president, whose press release was quoted by the Kansas City Business Journal, the company will “look forward to expanding the capabilities of our operation to provide superior customer service and availability of the best motors, parts, controls and accessories to our customers just as we have for more than 100 years.”

The colorful company history is outlined on CEMSCO’s website:

Colin Electric Motor Service Company, Inc. (CEMSCO) emerged from the Springfield Traction Company, a Missouri based rebuilder of trolley car motors. The Company, originally founded as Sterling Electric, by John W. Bartlett, moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1912. Mr. Bartlett was issued the second Masters Electrician License in the state of Nebraska. During these early years, the area of electrical wiring was the Company’s specialty, but as motors and controls became more prevalent, the Company began emphasizing this end of the business.

With headquarters in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, JCI operates nine locations in six states, including a current location in Lincoln. Colin’s current six employees will join JCI: “”We are excited for our team to become a part of the JCI family,” Robert Colin wrote.

The acquisition follows an increasingly prevalent course of action for family owned motor repair shops. See Electrical Apparatus’ “More than Motors” in the June 2018 issue for more examples and reasons that family businesses decide to sell their operations.





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