About Us Who? What and Why?
In 1955 Northwest Electric was founded as a family-owned company that has grown from a single motor repair shop to an operation with 5 locations in two states as well as two sister companies that were developed from within the organization. William (Bill) Fritz originally founded Northwest Electric Motor Repair to help customers fix and service their small appliances, various single phase motors, and wind chargers. Demand began to increase as customers realized the benefits of working with a local company with expert level knowledge.
Today as a group of three companies, Northwest Electric LLC, Automated Drive Systems LLC, and PMT Mountain View LLC continue the tradition of providing superior knowledge and customer support.
In 2009 Northwest Electric responded to a growing market need for additional resources in automation, variable frequency drives, PLC systems and complete control systems. With more customers needing packages solutions and additional services the Advanced Controls Group was developed.
In 2011 Northwest Electric's Advanced Controls Group was spun off to form Automated Drive Systems, LLC. The new company established an operation in Omaha, NE a more central location for its customer base. The new location also provided additional space for VFD repair, control panel fabrication and additional inventory.
In 2012 Automated Drive Systems, LLC took a big step in our commitment to producing the highest quality systems available with the addition of UL 508A Control Panel Certification. This Certification allows us to provide control panels with the UL508A Listing mark. Many states are starting to require that control panels have some form of certification marking from UL or ETL. This Listing give customers and electrical inspectors the needed confidence that the panels are design, built and tested according to established standards.
In 2013, Automated Drive Systems became an Certified Automation Distributor for Wago. This addition to our portfolio greatly expanded our capabilities to be not only a premier VFD and DC Drive supplier but a true Automation Solution Provider. Wago offers numerous automation products from Cage Clamp (R) Terminal Blocks, Power Supplies, Signal Conditioners and relays to a complete Automation I/O and PLC Platform. In alignment with our other vendor partners, Wago is recognized as a leader for the innovative and quality products.
In 2014, due to continued growth and addition of new customer partners, Automated Drive Systems added two additional personnel. Dax Johnson, a Technical Sales Represtative will be covering the greater Norfolk NE, Sioux City IA, and Sioux Falls SD territories. Additionally Automated Drive Systems added Victor Hofmann as an Applications Engineer. Victor has over 19 years of high level experience with variable frequency drives and related systems. As a senoir level technical support engineer with Yaskawa prior to joining Automated Drive Systems, his knowledge further distinguishes Automated Drive Systems as THE premier resource in the area.
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