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Obituary: Bill Swiger

Swiger Coil founder and industry fixture passes away William E. Swiger, Sr., founder of Swiger Coil Systems, Inc., passed away this week at the age of 92. Mr. Swiger, known as Bill, was the formative mind behind Swiger Coil, the Cleveland-based coil manufacturer now owned by Wabtec. Swiger—the company—has enriched the pages of Electrical Apparatus, […]

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Kopp Shop

Buffalo native, 77, brought us the surge protector When it comes to successful inventions, a recorded lineage of hits and misses exists in consumer electronics. Practicality is the name of the game; and safety can often be the genesis of that requirement. Harold P. Kopp, who passed away last month at age 77, put a […]

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Tim Breen Remembered

Sudden passing of Motion Industries president Birmingham, Alabama-based Motion Industries was hit with devastating news this week. On Monday, the company announced the sudden passing of Tim Breen (pictured below, right), its current President and CEO. “Motion Industries has lost a great leader and the world has lost an amazing human being,” said Motion Industries […]

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No Stranger to Drives

Stern drive innovator with storied career and legacy dies at 96 Charles Daniel Strang, Jr., “Father of the Stern Drive”, died Thursday, March 15 in Chicago at age 96. Born April 12, 1921 in Brooklyn, Mr. Strang was a pioneer of one of the most important marine devices in history: the stern drive. It was […]

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A Legend Dies

Emerson’s Knight was known for ferocity and remarkable streak of earnings An executive legend of the electric motor industry passed away September 12. Charles Knight, known to many who worked with him as “Chuck”, was known for his ferocity in management and a remarkable streak of earnings for Emerson Electric. When he was named CEO […]

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In Memoriam

Remembering two professionals from our industry August “Augie” Sunnen, 96, of Chatham, Ontario, died April 25 at Meadow Park Nursing Home in Chatham. Mr. Sunnen was the proud owner of Sunnen Products Ltd., of St. Louis, also operating the Canadian division, Guspro Inc., which was established in 1932 and distributed and manufactured Sunnen honing products for over 50 […]

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Lincoln Legacies

Welding company loses two all-time greats Omer W. Blodgett, 99, a pioneer in the welding industry and celebrated longtime employee of Lincoln Electric, died on Jan. 11 in Cleveland. Blodgett, who spent 60 years at Lincoln, was considered by many a great authority on the design of welded connections. He retired from the company as a […]

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Dave Gebhart, EASA Engineer

Design expert served EASA for 35 years Electrical Apparatus is saddened to learn of the death of Dave Gebhart, an engineering and design expert for EASA (Electrical Apparatus Service Association), as well as a regular contributor to one of our longest running departments: Let’s Solve Your Problem. Below is the official statement of remembrance from EASA, including […]

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Henry Dreisilker, 90

Dreisilker Electric founder, a legend in the electric motor service industry EA is greatly saddened to hear of the death of Henry Dreisilker, founder of Dreisilker Electric Motors, Inc., of Glen Ellyn, Ill., who died November 1, 2016. Mr. Dreisilker was 90 years old. He was able to celebrate his 90th birthday with family just […]

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Fred Jenkins, 89

Jenkins Electric co-founder, longtime EASA member leaves lasting legacy Fred Cline Jenkins, one of the founders of Jenkins Electric, of Charlotte, N.C., and longtime EASA member, died on May 11, 2016. He was 89 years old. In 1960 Fred Jenkins and his brother, Ed, took over Armature Winding’s Industrial Equipment Repair and Motor Parts business and renamed […]

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