Tag Archives: electric motors

Middle Ground

News from multiple locations right down the spine of the U.S. While worldwide conglomerates General Electric and Siemens made national headlines this week for undesirable reasons that are likely to have sprawling international ripple effects, a handful of examples of less-heralded companies made valuable additions or significant moves to locations in the heart of the […]

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Siemens Cuts Back

Power and Gas, Drives Divisions affected; most cuts will occur in Germany Heads up. Siemens is making cutbacks, and about half of them will fall in its home terrain. The German manufacturing conglomerate announced early Thursday of 6,900 jobs to be cut worldwide. They come mainly in response to shifts in the energy, process industries, […]

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The Ideal Acquisition

114-year-old company saved after being set to shut down A dependable mainstay of Ohio’s electric repair market—in business for over a century and slated for shutdown this past May—has been saved by new ownership. Ideal Electric Company, formerly owned by Hyundai Heavy Industries of South Korea, announced Wednesday it was acquired by a privately held […]

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North by Northwest

Onward and upward for an internship program in Washington state Northwest Motor Sales & Services, is raising two birds in one nest: addressing the skills gap and providing options for young adults in difficult situations. The Longview, Wash., motor shop has recently engaged with a program from Goodwill Industries and Workforce Southwest Washington that provides internships […]

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Helwig Brushes Up

Company makes strategic organization changes Helwig Carbon Products, Inc., the Milwaukee-based supplier of carbon brushes and holders for electric motors, announced Wednesday of several strategic changes in their organization “to position the company for growth and to better serve customers.” Citing changes in the industrial marketplace and the electric motor and generator markets, Helwig ushered […]

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GE Shake-Up

Immelt out; Flannery in, power and energy units combined General Electric announced Monday that John Flannery, current President and CEO of GE Healthcare, has been named CEO of the company by the GE Board of Directors. The move will be effective August 1, 2017. Jeff Immelt, current Chairman and CEO, will remain Chairman of the […]

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End of An Era

Blink Electric will shut down after 58 years Blink Electric Motors, Inc., a Marshalltown, Iowa motor repair shop, will close its doors at the end of this month. The news reflects a number recurring industry stress points, and raises questions about how independent, family-owned motor shops can continue to survive in the current industrial climate. […]

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Tromco Nabs Repair Job

Minnesota electric outfit to handle first stage of pump house repair project Everyone feels better when a local business gets awarded a local project. Especially when it cuts costs and averts further downtime. In upstate Minnesota, where lakes are sometimes more frequent than towns, let’s consider 25 miles a ‘local’ radius.  Chisholm, Minnesota-based Tromco Electric will be responsible […]

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Grande Old Time

In NorCal, a one-stop-shop for pumps and motors  This week, our editors came across a nice piece in The Union, a local newspaper serving Nevada County, Calif. It features a family-owned and run shop that combines two established businesses under one roof while keeping both namesakes. Pumps West & Motor Electric, of Grass Valley, Calif., is the result […]

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What’s Inside That Building?

U.K. defense and science researchers developing sensory gadget Here’s a useful bit of spyware for defense departments: University College of London researchers have developed a portable gadget that can detect electric motors, combustion engines, turbines, air conditioning units, fans (including those inside computers), and any other rotating machinery that yields an electromagnetic field—all from behind a […]

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