Siemens Acquiring Russelectric
By Jack Burke05 October 2018
Siemens announced plans to acquire Massachusetts-based Russelectric, a manufacturer of power control systems including paralleling switchgear and automatic transfer switches.
Siemens said the acquisition will bring together the companies’ complementary advanced electrical power portfolios and service organizations to help critical markets such as data centers, public infrastructure, and healthcare address the growing need to improve power reliability, security and affordability. No terms were disclosed.
Russelectric’s approximately 400 employees across its headquarters and manufacturing facility in Hingham, Mass. and manufacturing and training hub in Broken Arrow, OK will be added to Siemens’ existing U.S. footprint of over 50 manufacturing, R&D and digital hubs and its 50 000 U.S. employee base.
“As the energy landscape continues to shift, the successful operation of critical facilities more than ever requires reliable, affordable and sustainable power,” said Barry Powell, vice president and business unit head, Siemens Low Voltage & Products, North America. “With this acquisition, we bring together Siemens’ expertise and experience in the low voltage power market with Russelectric’s complementary high-quality energy infrastructure portfolio to provide technologies that ensure these critical installations receive uninterrupted, secure power.”
“Russelectric has built a solid reputation over the years based on highly engineered solutions of top-quality products and an always-take-care-of-the-customer mindset. Those were the guiding values instilled by our founder, Raymond G. Russell, and these are the same values that we saw in Siemens,” said Dorian Alexandrescu, Russelectric president and CEO. “This acquisition will complement our portfolio in the mission critical, high-quality U.S. energy infrastructure industry, help us leverage Siemens’ global footprint, and ultimately support our customers with a much stronger product and services portfolio.”
“This investment signifies our global commitment to the U.S. power infrastructure market and the technologies that place a premium on safe, reliable and affordable access to electrical energy,” said Andreas Matthé, Global CEO of Siemens Low Voltage & Products. “These two organizations bring complementary portfolios to critical power infrastructures that continue to evolve at a rapid pace, and together, the companies can create additional value for customers through an experienced workforce, extensive domain knowledge and complementary sales approach.”
Upon closing of the acquisition, subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions, Siemens will wholly-own Russelectric, which will operate as “Russelectric, A Siemens Business.” Closing is anticipated late 2018 to early 2019. T