PEI Acquires Fibertek

Tennessee manufacturer of tapes and laminates has history dating to 1898

In a union of two historic companies, both proven in the insulation sector, Pittsburgh Electrical Insulation, Inc. (PEI) announced the acquisition of the Electrical Products Division of Fibertek, Inc. of Franklin, Tenn., Tuesday.

Fibertek, Inc. is a manufacturer of leading-edge specialty fiberglass tapes and high-performance laminates for electrical insulation applications in electric motors, generators, and transformers.

Fibertek products, including its patented Res-I-Glas tape.—Fibertek photo

“We have long admired Fibertek’s products and performance in the market and are very excited to combine our resources,” said T.H. ‘Tip’ Paul, President and owner of PEI, in an August 4 press release. “Bringing Fibertek under the PEI manufacturing group will add scope and depth to our capabilities with our converting and distributing business as well.”

This is truly an acquisition with a foundation built on the epitome of “family business”:

Fibertek is one of the oldest privately-owned tape manufacturers in America, with a history dating back to 1898. Pittsburgh Electrical Insulation (PEI) is a manufacturer, converter, and distributor of electrical insulation materials based in Pittsburgh, PA with their own history dating back to 1947.

PEI’s founder, T. R. Paul, patented the first use and process of manufacturing a B-Stage fiberglass armature banding tape (originally trademarked as “Polyglass Banding Tape”) which became the standard for EMD and GE (formerly known as General Motors) DC equipment on a global level. PEI is still privately owned and operated by the Paul family and is in its third generation of family ownership.

The newly acquired Fibertek brands consist of the following products:

  • Res-I-Glas Banding Tapes

  • Res-I-Straint Tadpole Edging Tape

  • Res-I-Band Banding Film

  • Res-I-Flex Sealable Armor Tape

  • Res-I-Lam Flexible Laminates

  • Res-I-Lam Formed Wedges

  • B-Stage Surge Rope

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