Powell Industries, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and services custom engineered-to-order equipment and systems for the management and control of electrical energy and other critical processes. The company serves the energy, industrial, utility, transportation, and environmental industries. The company’s wholly owned subsidiaries include Powell Electrical Systems, Inc.; Transdyn, Inc.; Powell Industries International, B.V.; Switchgear & Instrumentation Limited; and Powell Canada Inc. Segments The company’s operations are consolidated into two business segments, Electrical Power Products and Process Control Systems. Electrical Power Products This segment develops, designs, manufactures, and markets custom engineered-to-order electrical power distribution and control systems designed to distribute, monitor, and control the flow of electrical energy; and to provide protection to motors, transformers and other electrically-powered equipment. The company’s principal products include integrated power control room substations, traditional and arc-resistant medium-voltage distribution switchgear, medium-voltage circuit breakers, offshore generator and control modules, monitoring and control communications systems, motor control centers and bus duct systems. These products are designed for application voltages ranging from 480 volts to 38,000 volts and are used in electric rail transportation, refining, chemical manufacturing, oil and gas production, electric utility systems and other heavy industrial markets. The company’s product scope includes designs tested to meet both U.S. standards and international standards. The company also seeks to assist customers by providing value-added services, such as spare parts, field service inspection, installation, commissioning and repair, retrofit and retrofill components for existing systems and replacement circuit breakers for switchgear that is obsolete or that is no longer produced by the original manufacturer. The company works to establish long-term relationships with the end users of its systems, as well as the design and construction engineering firms contracted by those end users. Customers and Markets: The company’s customers and their industries include oil and gas producers, oil and gas pipelines, refineries, petrochemical plants, electrical power generators, public and private utilities, co-generation facilities, mining/metals operations, pulp and paper plants, transportation authorities, governmental agencies and other large industrial customers. Products and services are principally sold directly to the end-user or to an engineering, procurement, and construction firm on behalf of the end-user. Competition: The company’s principal competitors include ABB, Eaton, GE, Schneider and Siemens. Research and Development: For the year ended September 30, 2013, the company’s research and development expenditures included $7.6 million. Process Control Systems This segment designs and delivers custom engineered-to-order technology solutions that help its customers manage their critical transportation, environmental and energy management processes and facilities. The company’s proprietary DYNAC software suite provides a highly integrated operations management solution for these vital operations. The information may be traffic flow in the company’s intelligent transportation management solutions, water quality in its environmental treatment solutions or electrical power management in the case of its substation automation solutions. The company provides a set of technical services to deliver these systems. It has designed and built systems for various transit facilities and roadways worldwide. Customers and Markets: This business segment’s products and services are principally sold directly to end users in the transportation, environmental, and energy sectors. Research and Development: For the year ended September 30, 2013, the company’s non-project research and development expenditures included $0.9 million. History Powell Industries, Inc. was founded in 1947.
powell industries inc (POWL:NASDAQ GS)
8550 Mosley Road
Houston, TX 77075
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