At the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, Nikola Tesla and industrialist George Westinghouse illuminated the fairgrounds’ neoclassical buildings with 100,000 incandescent lamps. But the Great Hall of Electricity displayed something even more monumental from Tesla: an AC power-generation system that revealed a more efficient way to drive motors and power lighting.Read More
In the first four months of 2018, Group CBS has outperformed the competition on many levels. This issue of Buzz shows how we’ve done just that, from our award-winning outing at PowerTest to introducing a revolutionary reconditioning process for vacuum interrupters at our new manufacturing facility.
In this issue, you’ll also find other success stories, including:
- AEAMC Establishes Expertise in the Nuclear Power Industry
- Circuit Breaker Sales Acquires Berthold Electric Power Services
- WES Rides the Work Wave in Hawaii
- Group CBS Affiliates Show Unity in Diversity at Protective Relay Conference
- Smooth Operators Column Honors Five Longtime Employees
- And more!
We hope you enjoy this issue of Breaker Buzz. Feel free to share it around the office. As always, thanks for your confidence, trust, and business.
Randy Roumillat, COO, Group CBS
TURNKEY SOLUTION ADDRESSES SPACE ISSUE TO ACCOMMODATE DRAW-OUT POWER BREAK II BREAKERS.
Advanced Electrical & Motor Controls Inc. (AEAMC) was recently asked by a client in the electrical infrastructure industry to do a breaker retrofit at a data center belonging to a large tech company. The tech company, which was using bolt-in Power Break I circuit breakers at its data center, was concerned about both safety and time elements when diagnostics and maintenance were being performed on their breakers. Read More
In this special IEEE T&D preview issue, you can read about Group CBS’ biggest trade booth ever and the surprises that will be inside. Plus, check out the latest successes, announcements, events, and milestones. In the Q2 issue of Group CBS’ Breaker Buzz, you’ll find:
- Group CBS’ GE Power/Vac® encapsulated pole replacement passes ANSI testing
- CBS Northeast acquires Sertec, celebrates two-year anniversary
- CBS introduces Tough Duty™ roll-in replacement for Power/Vac breakers
- Vacuum Interrupters releases new replacement Power/Vac Encapsulated Poles
- Anatomy of an automatic transfer switch failure (and how to avoid them)
- The case of the well-traveled circuit breaker
- And much more
I hope you enjoy this issue of Breaker Buzz. Don’t be shy about sharing it around the office and, as always, from our family to yours, thanks for your confidence, trust, and business!
Bill Schofield, Vice President
Group CBS, Inc.
Investments in research and systems and a willingness to embrace the market’s changes show why Group CBS may be the most interesting business in the electrical industry.
Bill Schofield is taking a huge chance. He has made the decision to take a risk and the ball is rolling, one that will significantly affect his business and may change the entire segment of the industry he’s part of. He’s excited, but also wary.
Schofield, president, runs Group CBS, Gainesville, Texas, a company that is no stranger to making waves. It has thrived and grown over 34 years on the controversial margins of the electrical industry, buying, refurbishing, remanufacturing and reselling used and surplus electrical equipment. That end of the market is still reviled publicly by most manufacturers and traditional distributors, characterized as a haven of dusty warehouses stacked with dark piles of dangerous junk sold with a wink. But most of those manufacturers and distributors do business with him, Schofield says. Read More
Why did the chicken cross the road? He didn’t. He hopped on a private jet and flew to Texas for a 4,000-amp high pressure contact switch.
ON APRIL 1, 2014, a Southeast chicken processing plant wasn’t fooling around when they called their go-to electrical contractor, Caldwell Electrical Contractors (Gainesville, Ga.), to say their processing plant was down due to a faulty electrical switch manufactured from the late 1960s to the mid-1980s. This vertically integrated poultry producer operates multiple facilities throughout the Southeast, producing a billion pounds of poultry products each year, and employing thousands of individuals. Until a replacement switch could be found, more than 1,100 employees would have to stand down. Read More
Group CBS and Astro Controls, Inc. are pleased to announce that Randall “Randy” Roumillat has been appointed the new president of Astro Controls, Inc., a supplier of specialized circuit breaker and motor control electrical equipment.
“Randy is the ideal choice to take the reins of Astro Controls and provide technical and operational counsel to Group CBS. He is a big-company, big-systems guy who will drive our evolution, not only as a circuit breaker powerhouse but as an information powerhouse as well,” said Bill Schofield, president of Circuit Breaker Sales Company, Inc. and vice president of business development for Group CBS, Inc. “We are confident that, by focusing on systems and data, he will take us to the next level.” Read More