Pioneer Completes Acquisition of Power Systems Solutions, Inc.
Forms new Critical Power business unit, entering the market for backup power and distributed generation products
FORT LEE, NJ and Minneapolis, MN – PRNewswire, March 11, 2013 — Electrical transformer manufacturer Pioneer Power Solutions, Inc. (OTCBB: PPSI) (“Pioneer” or the “Company”) and paralleling switchgear provider Power Systems Solutions, Inc. (“PSSI”), announced that the acquisition of PSSI by Pioneer’s wholly owned subsidiary, Pioneer Critical Power Inc., was completed on March 6, 2013.
Founded in 1997, PSSI is a supplier of highly specified and engineered paralleling switchgear and generator controls for the electrical power generation industry. The company provides customers with on-site power controls, switchgear and remote monitoring capabilities to maintain reliable emergency standby power at their critical sites such as data centers, hospitals, industrial facilities, office complexes and other sites where emergency backup power sources are required. In addition to protecting customer operations from the consequences of power outages, PSSI also offers utility paralleling and soft loading equipment. These solutions enable on-site customers and utility companies to parallel multiple generators with the utility power grid for peakshaving and demand/load side management of electrical power.
Nathan Mazurek, Pioneer’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “This transaction provides Pioneer a new avenue for investment in attractive, fast-growing markets – backup power and distributed generation. Although PSSI’s revenue contribution will not be material to us initially, over time we expect it to bring Pioneer increased revenue diversity and opportunities with existing customers, while elevating the technical sophistication of our portfolio with new high value products.”
Mr. Mazurek continued, “We are very pleased that George Moothedan, founder of PSSI, has agreed to serve as General Manager of Pioneer Critical Power Inc. With over 300 completed projects on his track record, George and his team bring Pioneer immediate credibility in the marketplace and will be a critical leadership resource in transitioning existing customers and executing our investment strategy for this segment of our electrical business.”
George Moothedan, commented, “Becoming part of the Pioneer family eliminates what I saw as the main obstacle inhibiting our growth over the last few years. With Pioneer’s financial resources and full commitment, PSSI now has the means to serve the needs of our customers more comprehensively and competitively, as well as the ability to engineer and manufacture larger project opportunities. I sincerely want to thank all our customers, trade partners and employees for their loyal support in helping us advance to the next stage in our development.”
About Pioneer Power Solutions, Inc.
Pioneer Power Solutions, Inc. is a manufacturer of specialty electrical equipment and provides through its four operating subsidiaries, Pioneer Transformers Ltd., Jefferson Electric, Inc., Bemag Transformer Inc. and Pioneer Critical Power Inc., a broad range of custom-engineered and standardized solutions for applications in the utility, industrial and commercial segments of the electrical transmission and distribution industry. The Company is headquartered in Fort Lee, New Jersey and operates from seven additional locations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico for manufacturing, centralized distribution, engineering, sales and administration. To learn more about Pioneer, please visit our website at www.pioneerpowersolutions.com.
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