National Circuit Breaker Earns PEARL Accredited Company Status

National Circuit Breaker completed the rigorous process becoming a PEARL Accredited Company. As an industry leader in power distribution equipment and services, they offer a broad line of new, used and remanufactured electrical equipment dating back to 1940’s from our wide range of inventory and network suppliers.

They also provide shop, engineering and on-site services for all your electrical needs, including remanufacturing circuit breakers, switchgear and related components, maintenance and disaster emergency services. National Circuit Breaker’s number one goal is to give quality and on time service to every customer.

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For more information, go to NationalCircuitBreaker.com or call 1-800-945-0065.

BBS Canada Ltd., a Magna IV Company, Becomes a PEARL Accredited Company

BBS Canada Ltd., a Magna IV Company, recently earned full-service member status becoming a PEARL Accredited Company (PAC). Companies that qualify for PAC undergo a comprehensive evaluation demonstrating adherence to the PEARL Reconditioning Standards and pass an on-site inspection for quality and safety.

BBS Canada Ltd. specializes in switching device restoration, offering cost effective solutions for circuit breakers, disconnect switches and contactors. They offer:

  • Class 1 Reconditioning: Returns switching devices to like-new condition, extending useful life at design capacity. Allows you to balance the mitigation of equipment failure, arc flash and/or obsolescence risks within a relatively modest budget (class 1 reconditioning).
  • Class 2 Reconditioning: Restores and revitalizes minimal corrosion and lubrication degradation.
  • Field Services: Support Magna IV Engineering with a variety of field services work and offer our expertise and knowledge when and where needed

“At BBS Canada we have always prided ourselves on our dedication to an outstanding product and superior client experience. Being a PEARL member allows us to strengthen our ongoing commitment to proper reconditioning at the highest level. We are excited to be welcomed into this group of service providers and dealers who share this commitment. We look forward to continuing to be on the leading edge of this industry and expanding the PEARL brand in Canada,” said the BBS Team.

For more information about BBS Canada Ltd., visit Magnaiv.com/bbs or call 1-800-462-3147.

Welcome New PEARL Partner AVO Training Institute

AVO Training Institute signed on as a new PEARL Partner. For nearly 60 years, AVO Training Institute remains a global leader in Electrical Safety and Maintenance Training courses and certifications. AVO empowers electrical professionals to do their work safely and effectively, allowing them to go home to their families at the end of their workday.

With 55-plus electrical courses, they offer a wide variety of training for EVERY experience level, covering numerous fields:

  • Substation
  • Protective Relays & Testing
  • Circuit Breaker Maintenance
  • Cable & Fiber Optic
  • Infrared Thermography
  • Utilities, Renewables & Industrial Safety
  • And Fundamentals & Safety Standards (NEC, NFPA 70E®, OSHA).

Their talented and experienced instructors deliver an engaging, hands-on experience for our students, in a professional, real-world environment.

Their courses are offered at training locations throughout the United States, with headquarters in Dallas, Texas. They also provide convenient on-site training at your facility to save you money: AVO can train YOUR entire staff; at YOUR facility; and on YOUR equipment: ALL OVER THE WORLD.

They have also developed Virtual Training, which is LIVE and Instructor-led. Additionally, AVO offers Custom Course Design and Online Training courses that students can take at their own pace. Most recently, they created Virtual Reality electrical safety training.

You can view their SCHEDULED COURSES HERE or DOWNLOAD a COURSE FLIER.

For more information about AVO, please call 1-877-637-0305 or visit www.AVOtraining.com.

Saber Power Field Services Earns Full Service Member Status

Saber Power Field Services LLC, a subsidiary of Saber Power Services LLC, recently became a full-service member of The Professional Electrical Apparatus Reconditioning League (PEARL), demonstrating adherence to the PEARL Reconditioning Standards and passing the on-site inspection for quality and safety.

Saber Power Field Services is a NETA Accredited Company offering expertise in electrical circuit breaker upgrades, circuit breaker replacements, and retrofitting for electric utility, petrochemical, municipal, industrial/commercial, renewable, and oil and gas companies in the Gulf, U.S. and abroad.

Their dedicated Breaker Shops are state-of-the-art facilities in Houston and Alvarado, Texas, with expert electrical technicians who have years of industry-leading experience with equipment from all major manufacturers and their service requirements.

In addition to product inventory available for purchase, Saber services circuit breakers on-site with its Mobile Circuit Breaker Repair Shop. Ideal for staging at turnarounds and outages, the 53-foot mobile unit reduces downtime and eliminates the need for costly and time-consuming transportation of company-owned equipment to third-party locations. With multiple full-service workstations fully equipped to provide maintenance, repairs, and upgrades on-site, the Saber Power Field Services Mobile Circuit Breaker Repair Shop offers services on low to medium voltage circuit breakers, medium voltage contactors, starters, and motor centers, regardless of the manufacturer.

“Saber Power Field Services recognizes PEARL’s outstanding efforts to promote safe reconditioning and remanufacturing practices and is excited to join the ranks of other leading companies to further the goodwill of PEARL and its mission,” said Brad Bodine, Saber Power Field Services Director.

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For more information about Saber Power Field Services, visit saberpowerfieldservices.com or contact sales@saberpower.com.

Denver Breaker and Supply Earns Full Dealer Member Status

Denver Breaker and Supply has completed the steps necessary to advance their membership status from a provisional member to a full dealer member of PEARL. As a full dealer member, Denver Breaker and Supply has demonstrated that they adhere to the PEARL Reconditioning Standards and has passed the onsite inspection verifying inventory, quality and safety.

“Denver Breaker and Supply is continually striving to be your source for quality products. Our knowledgable staff, having over 150 years of combined understanding and expertise in the industry, pledges to provide a smooth customer experience. We value and align with the standards of PEARL, which allow our customers the peace of mind knowing they can rely on quality and service guaranteed,” said Tyler Bagley, Manager, Denver Breaker and Supply.

Denver Breaker and Supply, located in Denver, Colorado, has a large inventory of new, obsolete, inspected and tested circuit breakers, motor controls, and switchgear.

Their range of products include:

  • Circuit Breakers
  • Contactors and Starters
  • Safety Switches
  • MCC
  • Panel Mount Power Switches
  • Transformers
  • Bus Plugs
  • Fuses
  • Panel Boards and Switches

To learn more about Denver Breaker and Supply, go to denverbreaker.com

In and Around Frisco Texas

Be sure to get out and visit Frisco, Texas while at the 2022 PEARL Conference & Exhibition. With 400+ restaurants and over 900 retail stores, there is something for everyone. In addition to Frisco, you are a short drive away from Historic Grapevine, Downtown Dallas, Denton, and Fort Worth. We look forward to seeing you there!

Frisco TX

Fun Facts About Frisco

1. 400+ Restaurants
3. 90+ Miles of Walking, Hiking and Biking Trails
5. #2 Safest Cities in America (SmartAsset, 2021)
2. 60+ City Parks
4. 9 Million Square Feet of Retail Shopping
6. #1 Fastest Growing City in the Country (U.S. Census Bureau, 2017 and 2019)

Frisco is the go-to place for fun in the DFW Metroplex. Single players, spectators and team members – no matter your travel style, they have a play-cation for you.

Historic Downtown Grapevine has it all. Anchored by Main Street, this walkable, preserved historic area is home to winery tasting rooms, the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, the Palace Arts Center, the Grapevine Glockenspiel Clock Tower, one-of-a-kind shops, live entertainment venues, restaurants, and art galleries.

Dallas is known as the Big D. As the ninth-largest city in the country, Dallas is all about BIG fun, BIG events, and BIG attractions. Home to exclusive shopping, world-renowned museums, five-star dining, lush green spaces, and vibrant nightlife, in Dallas, a visitor can do it all.

When you stay in Denton, you’re surrounded by a creative culture that’s rich in history and artistic expression. Take a walk around our historic Courthouse-On-The-Square, go sight-seeing at the Little Chapel-in-the-Woods, take a tour of the Bayless-Selby Museum, see a show at the Campus Theatre, explore the Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center, find your way through Denton’s craft beer district, or listen to live music at one of our iconic venues.

Fort Worth is the 12th-largest city in the United States, known for Texas hospitality and a dozen remarkable districts full of culture and fun. The historic western Stockyards featuring the world’s only twice-daily cattle drive, Billy Bob’s Texas, the world’s largest honky-tonk and the new Mule Alley. A connected downtown with the 35-block Sundance Square entertainment district. The stunning museums of the Cultural District, the Botanic Garden and nearby Fort Worth Zoo.

New PEARL Member Opportunities: Online Member Directory & PEARL$AFE Newsletter Sponsorship

Attention PEARL members – don’t miss out on these new member opportunities!

PEARL Online Member Directory

The new PEARL online member directory is now live on the website, providing members with customer and end-user visibility.

The basic listing included with your membership will have your company name, member type, and website link.

You can UPGRADE your listing to include:

  • Company logo
  • Description
  • Member type
  • Location and Satellite locations
  • Website
  • Social Media

PEARL$AFE Newsletter Sponsorship

Advertise your company to over 6,000+ electrical asset contacts. Your advertisement will have a direct link to your website for readers to connect directly with you.

One week after the newsletter goes out, you will receive an email with the number of times readers clicked through to your website.

You will have the option on your renewal form to sponsor one month or multiple months.

PEARL Portal

PEARL has just completed an upgrade to a new association management system and member database. This new system will allow PEARL members to renew their membership, register for events, and make purchases from PEARL. For security purposes, you will need to create a new password for your PEARL account. Your old password will no longer work in the new system.

Non-members will be able to register for events once you have set-up a new account.

Here are the steps to do that:

  1. Please navigate to the PEARL Login Portal.
  2. Click “Sign Up” Note: the “forgot password” functionality will not work until you’ve created a password in the new system. You must first “sign up” here.
  3. Enter the email address associated with your account (most likely, it’s the email address where you received this message).
  4. Select a password for your account and click “Continue”
  5. You will be sent an email and asked to verify your email address by clicking the link in the email. This ensures you have provided a valid email address.
  6. Now, you can log in with your new password and set up your account.

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Integrated Power Services Acquires National Switchgear and National Field Services

IPS expands service capabilities, coverage, and distribution with acquisition of leading independent power distribution services company

(Greenville, SC — December 27, 2021) IPS, the North American leader in service, repair and engineering for electric motors, generators, and rotating equipment, continues to grow with its acquisition of National Switchgear and National Field Services.

Headquartered in Lewisville, Texas, National Switchgear and National Field Services provide a wide range of power delivery solutions. Founding owner Doug Powell, began in 1986 with a plan to warehouse and inventory used and surplus switchgear equipment for customers. As major switchgear OEMs exited the service business, the company saw a demand for skilled third-party technical services and expanded to offer switchgear rebuilds, remanufacturing and upgrades. In 1997, National expanded again, adding switchgear installation, commissioning, and field services.

Today, the company has five locations, including branch operations in San Marcos and League City, Texas and Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada, and three brands — National Switchgear, National Field Services, and the National Training Center. The field service operation is a NETA accredited organization with 53 NETA and NICET certified electrical testing technicians. National Training Center, the company’s training division, opened in 2015 to provide hands-on education for new and veteran technicians. It also offers open enrollment to customers. These investments in complementary services and continuous improvement are now part of IPS. They strengthen IPS single-source capabilities, as the company offers power distribution services throughout its IPS North American network.

“I couldn’t be more excited about teaming up with IPS,” said Doug Powell, NATIONAL’s Founding Owner. “For years I have observed their steady pursuit toward growth by blending technology, process improvements and safety into the fabric of their organization. I’m truly excited to team up with IPS and build out a national power services platform with that same degree of excellence.”

“The combination of IPS and NATIONAL brings an opportunity to our clients, suppliers and employees that NATIONAL alone could not have done,” said Robert Koren, CEO of NATIONAL. “To be a part of the industry’s leading independent services supplier, from generation to meter to motor, brings about an excitement for the future of our company and what it means for the industry we serve.”

“National Switchgear and National Field Services will become a platform for a new service division for IPS focused on adding Power Management services that are highly complementary to our existing offering,” said John Zuleger, IPS President & CEO. “In combination, we will seek to become a Trusted Advisor to customers seeking to manage their Power Management and Electro-Mechanical equipment. The combined company offering will position IPS to identify and correct electrical losses for its customers leading to safer, more reliable, and energy efficient operations.”

Bulkley Capital, LP and Libby Sparks Willis Starnes PLLC, an affiliate of BMD, acted as financial advisor and legal counsel to NATIONAL, respectively, in connection with the transaction.

For more information on IPS or National Switchgear and National Field Services, or to arrange an interview with IPS senior management, contact Megan Thompson, IPS Director of Marketing, at 864.451.5636 or mcthompson@ips.us.

About Integrated Power Services

Headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, IPS is the North American leader in the service of electric motors, generators, and mechanical power transmission components, with over 5,500 customers across a wide range of capital-intensive industries, including but not limited to power generation (fossil, nuclear, hydro and wind), petrochemical, air separation, oil & gas, metals, mining, paper, aggregates, and cement. IPS has 38 service centers and field offices across North America, combining industry-specific experience with deep engineering resources to deliver reliability to customers

IPS services include engineering, in-shop repair, on-site field services, distribution, motor storage programs and contract manufacturing. For more information, visit www.ips.us.