Historic Motor Shop Damaged in Fire

As if things weren’t tough enough already.

The world of embattled repair service operations suffered insult to injury May 12 when a historic Pennsylvania motor shop was destroyed in a fire that ultimately displaced roughly 100 residents in the area. As firefighters from 58 departments in four PA counties worked to contain the fire that originated at Huntingdon Electric Motor Service, people were steadily evacuated to a nearby church and motor inn. Several individuals were treated for injuries but no one was severely hurt, according to reports from the Bedford Gazette and Fire Engineering.


Huntingdon Electric, a longtime EASA member, had stood at its location on 7th and Penn streets since 1969.

In addition to industrial motor and generator repair, the company also provides welding service and has long embodied the traditional approach of “bring us anything, we’ll fix it” that epitomized the heyday of service shops. Anywhere from 5 to 5,000 hp motors provide a bulk of the work to the business, which also prides itself on 24-hour service.

Located in central Pennsylvania almost equidistant from the major markets of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, HEMS founders have a history of working directly with customers from some of the industry’s original Mount Rushmore. General Electric (GE), Westinghouse, Baldor, and National Electric Carbon Products Corporation (NECP) have all been mainstay clientele. The shop has been an authorized distributor of GE and NECP motor parts, generator parts and related accessories since 1989, and a distributor for Homewood Products Corporation (formerly Westinghouse Renewal Parts) since 1995. Its parts distribution center, via direct link with General Electric computer networking, is able to quote cost and delivery information to the customer in some cases while they wait.

The shop are specialists in new and remanufactured motors, carrying a large computerized inventory of industrial AC motors, DC. motors, coils, generators and associated components.

Our thoughts are with everyone from the Huntingdon Electric family, as well as local residents of Huntingdon who were displaced or affected by this event.


  1. Huntingdon Fire Recovery | Electrical Apparatus Magazine - June 25, 2020

    […] On the night of May 11th, Huntingdon Electric (PA) suffered a devastating fire at its home at 7th and Penn Street. Now, with recovery efforts well underway and state loans being offered for those affected, the shop’s proprietors want to thank those who responded—and also make it known they are back in business. […]

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