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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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WEG Founder Dies

Werner Ricardo Voigt, 1930-2016 He was the ‘W’ in WEG. Sadly, he’s no longer with us. WEG Industries is recognized as one of the largest electric machine manufacturers in the world, a familiar name in the electromechanical service and electric motor industries. The company, which employs over 30,000 people worldwide and manufactures around 11.5 million motors per year, with […]

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Jo Thurman Remembered

A reliable and reassuring presence at EMCW events The EA staff was very saddened to learn of the recent death of Jo Thurman. Jo was the wife of Charles Thurman, longtime executive director of the Electrical Manufacturing & Coil Winding Association. Visitors to the EMCW’s annual coil winding shows across the country will remember Jo as one of […]

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Robert Joseph Becker, 81

Arkansas shop owner dies at 81 Robert Joseph Becker, 81, of Fort Smith, Arkansas, passed away on October 30th, 2015 in Fayetteville. He had been the co-owner of Electric Motor Center and Becko Machine Works in Fort Smith as well as Electric Motor Center in Springdale. Bob was born on November 17th, 1933, in Hartman […]

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In Memoriam

Pioneer of Engineering Education dies at 84 Robert P. Wei, a pioneer in engineering education and mechanics and creator of an award-winning scholarly program, died on Sept. 28th at his Pennsylvania home the age of 84. Wei was a consummate advocate of interdisciplinary learning who created the Integrated Product Design (IPD) program while at Lehigh […]

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Thomas Bartlett, co-founder of Bartlett Bearing, 1918-2012

Thomas E. Bartlett, co-founder of Bartlett  Bearing Company, died Friday, Sept. 14 at the age of 94. Born in Chicago, he graduated with a degree in business from the University of Illinois; then he enlisted in the Army and achieved the rank of sergeant. He and his wife of 58 years, Gladys, who preceded him […]

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