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