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Thursday, October 08, 2009

Kanawha Electric & Machine Earns Bearing Certification

Kanawha Electric & Machine, the Charleston-based company specializing in industrial electric motor repair, is now an SKF Certified Electric Motor Rebuilder.

SKF is one of the world’s leading makers of bearing components for industrial machinery.

“This is big news, not only for Kanawha Electric but also for the Kanawha Valley,” said Mike Aeiker, senior vice president at the Charleston Area Alliance, the region’s economic and community development leader.

“The certification means Kanawha Electric is taking its capabilities to the highest possible level,” Aeiker said. “That type of product quality should attract more business to the region and boost the local economy. It’s good news for everyone.”

The SKF certification program recognizes companies that meet exacting standards for repair expertise. The earn the status, Kanawha Electric employees completed extensive training in electric motor failure analysis, bearing installation, lubrication systems and condition monitoring technologies. Certified shops must meet SKF standards in all areas of motor repair and maintenance are regularly are audited to assure compliance.

“We focus continually on quality and value,” said Larry Ward, Kanawha Electric vice president. “Our customers will benefit from the certification. We are confident that SKF’s expertise in bearing engineering, analysis and applications will enhance our ability to maintain leadership position in the electrical and mechanical industry for Mid-Atlantic markets.”

“This certification is a huge achievement for Kanawha Electric, as it would be for any company,” Aeiker said. “The company’s efforts and achievements benefits industries, businesses and citizens throughout the region.”

Kanawha Electric and Machine soon will be celebrating more achievements, including safety and environmental certifications. November will mark 11 years of no lost time relating to Kanawha Electric’s safe working environment. The company also is preparing to unveil expansion efforts next year.

Mark Shaw, Sr. founded Kanawha Electric & Machine Company in 1937. Originally located in Kanawha City, the company concentrated on repair and service of a wide range of electric motors, generators and pumps. Since that time, the primary focus of the business has been serving the chemical, industrial and mining markets within West Virginia.

In 2001, another longstanding West Virginia company, Tramco Services, acquired Kanawha Electric & Machine.

By way of adaptation and investment, the company has expanded its capabilities to meet the region’s growing demand for manufacturers capable of providing precision machined parts and products. Additionally, Kanawha Electric & Machine has broadened its product and service lines to include sales, service and exchange of electric motors, generators, magnets, pumps, welders and fabrication along with a full range of predictive/ preventative maintenance services, including laser alignment, thermal imaging, vibration analysis and in-field polarization index testing.


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