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Circuit Breaker Sales Acquires Berthold Electric Power Services

Circuit Breaker Sales Acquires Berthold Electric Power Services

As part of its ongoing expansion to better serve its customers, Circuit Breaker Sales has acquired Berthold Electric Power Services from Gus Berthold Electric Co.

Gainesville, TX, Jan. 9, 2018 – Circuit Breaker Sales Co., Inc. (CBS), which specializes in the sales and service of low- and medium-voltage circuit breakers and other power distribution equipment, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Berthold Electric Power Services (BEPS), the service division of Gus Berthold Electric Company. Serving the Midwest from its modern, fully equipped centers in Chicago and St. Louis, BEPS specializes in quality maintenance, repair, remanufacturing, and testing of low- and medium-voltage switchgear and circuit breakers. The company also provides on-site preventive maintenance and emergency on-call services. From its extensive inventory, BEPS offers new, surplus, obsolete, and remanufactured circuit breakers and other power distribution equipment. Renewal parts are a specialty of BEPS.

Although now part of Circuit Breaker Sales, BEPS will continue to operate as Berthold Electric Power Services at its two existing locations and will maintain current management and personnel.

The acquisition of BEPS brings the number of CBS locations in North America to five, including its headquarters in Gainesville, TX, plus Lakeland, FL, and Crown Point, IN. “The addition of Berthold Electric Power Services continues our efforts to strengthen our ability to better serve our customers’ power distribution equipment requirements,” says Tim Brewer, president of Circuit Breaker Sales.

Details of the transaction were not disclosed. To discuss joining Group CBS’ family of electrical equipment supply, service, and engineering companies, contact Mr. Randy Roumillat at 972-250-2500, or visit To contact Berthold Electric Power Services, call 800-657-6646, or visit

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The 2017 Q4 issue of Breaker Buzz has arrived!

The 2017 Q4 issue of Breaker Buzz has arrived!

bb full q4 2017The new issue of Breaker Buzz has arrived!

Group CBS puts another successful year on the books with record sales and growth, innovative products, and fulfilling customers' requirements for electrical apparatus sales, service, testing, and engineering worldwide.

One of the standout moments for Group CBS this year was its response to Hurricane Harvey in late August. In this issue of Buzz, you'll see how ingenuity and hard work helped get Houston customers back online quickly and safely... and how the GCBS family pulled together to assist our own employees affected by the storm.

Also in this issue, you will find:

  • Vacuum Interrupters, Inc., introduces the multifunctional VITS60M tester
  • Western Electrical Services outperforms the competition with PEARL Technician Certification
  • "Smooth Operators" column honors longtime employees
  • MAC-TS4 vacuum interrupter tester spans the globe from Indiana to India
  • And more!

I hope you enjoy this issue of Breaker Buzz. Feel free to share it around the office. As always, thanks for your confidence, trust, and business!

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The Q3 issue of Breaker Buzz has arrived!

The Q3 issue of Breaker Buzz has arrived!

Q3 Breaker BuzzThe new issue of Breaker Buzz has arrived!

As the devastation from Hurricane Harvey intensifies, Group CBS is keeping a close eye on our neighbors in Texas and Louisiana. It’s difficult to watch so many people lose their homes and loved ones, but through the tragedy, we’re also witnessing acts of heroism that make us proud to be Americans.

The road to recovery will be a long one, but Group CBS and its affiliates are ready to provide electrical apparatus repair, rentals, services, and sales to get this region back up and running. See page 3 for a link to Group CBS emergency contact numbers.

Also in this issue of Buzz, you will find:

  • CBS Florida solves transformer challenge for power plant
  • How to find talented millennial workers
  • CBS ArcSafe braves the desert for electrical safety
  • Western Electrical Services opens Reno shop
  • “Smooth Operators” column honors longtime employees
  • And more!

I hope you enjoy this issue of Breaker Buzz. Feel free to share it around the office. As always, thanks for your confidence, trust, and business.

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Group CBS Finds Success at PowerTest

Group CBS Finds Success at PowerTest

At the 2017 PowerTest conference hosted by NETA in February, Group CBS, Inc., showed why its affiliates are leaders in the field of electrical testing and safety. Finley Ledbetter provided hands-on demonstrations at the Group CBS new product booth, including the MAC-TS5+, the latest generation test set which combines the leak-rate test and HiPot test.

Meanwhile, Dan Hook of Western Electrical Services and CBS Gainesville engineer Paul Grein led two panels on everything circuit breaker. GCBS concluded PowerTest with a big win, as Ledbetter took home an award for his presentation, “How Vacuum Interrupters Work and How They Fail.”

Smooth Operators: Spotlighting Longtime Group CBS Employees

kevin brewerBy Tim Brewer, President, Circuit Breaker Sales Co., Inc

Kevin Brewer worked 21 years for an ARMCO steel plant that manufactured oil field equipment. In 1981, the oil field business went away, and Brewer and many others were laid off. Less than a year later, Brewer was talking to a friend who owned a machine shop. He told Brewer to call a new business that was looking to hire a machinist.

Finley Ledbetter told Brewer to bring in his resume and come talk to him. Impressed with Brewer, Ledbetter sent the applicant to Jack Reeves, the shop manager. Brewer was hired that day.

For the next 30 years, Brewer took on one challenge after another. Machining was his forte. Circuit breakers, on the other hand, were something new and different. Brewer quickly learned to work on low- and medium-voltage breakers.

From a faxed picture, Brewer developed, made, and built an AKF breaker. Then Brewer learned to design and build medium-voltage retrofit breakers and ground and test devices.

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