PEARLINGTON — The Web site for Con-Tech Power Systems Inc., a firm which manufactures custom power protection, control and distribution systems for the power generation industry, comes in both English and Spanish language versions. That is indicative of the fact that this former “Mississippi Exporter of the Year” has been successful in marketing their products not only domestically, but in many foreign countries including those in Latin America, the Middle East and Africa.
Harold M. Thibodeaux, president and CEO of Con-Tech Power Systems, says that firms operating in the commercial and industrial sectors are under constant pressure to streamline production processes. Current concerns include stiffer competition in domestic and international markets, rising operating costs and stricter environmental regulations.
“All of these concerns may be addressed by using Con-Tech Power Systems electrical controls in new installations, as well as repowering of existing or outmoded electrical controls,” Thibodeaux said. “We can also interface our power distribution and control switchgear with sophisticated SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) and robotics systems, a promising application as we progress toward the future.”
The company provides services for base power and co-generation facilities, line protection, high-voltage substation power transformation and switching and power industry equipment manufacturers.
It isn’t just electric power utilities that have need for the type of equipment manufactured by Con-Tech. The company has heavy penetration in most of the shipbuilding industry from Florida to California, and is the largest switch gear manufacturer of its type on the Gulf Coast. The company sells products for military, oil field, marine and commercial applications.
Besides being named Exporter of the Year, in 1998 Con-Tech was named one of the top 25 fastest-growing companies in the state. The 11-year-old company employs about 50 people, and is located in Hancock County’s Port Bienville Industrial Park.
Thibodeaux said part of the reason the company decided to locate at Port Bienville was that receptive and helpful support provided by the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission.
“They have been a great partner in progress,” Thibodeaux said.
Partners in progress is a recurring theme for the company that has total customer satisfaction as its primary goal. The company considers vendors and suppliers as partners in progress and focuses attention on a comprehensive ongoing commitment to manufacturing in excellence.
“Our diversified experience is matched by integral concern for quality throughout the design, production and field service,” Thibodeaux said. “All the products that we use are UL-listed and environmentally friendly. We use no hazardous materials in any shape or form in our construction, design or assembly.”
When multiple generators are run synchronously on-line, the result is more power and greater flexibility. Thibodeaux said Con-Tech offers a similar synergy for the custom design, manufacturing and servicing of electrical control and distribution switchgear.
He said the company has, over the years, assembled a team with diversified engineering expertise and management skills.
“And we’ve fostered an environment that encourages innovation and crossovers to bridge the technical fields of analog, digital and power system engineering, as well as overcome the traditional barriers between military and commercial applications,” Thibodeaux said. “The unique combination of these qualities has enabled Con-Tech Power Systems to solve seemingly impossible problems time and time again.”
Products include equipment for protective relaying, control boards, low and medium voltage switchgear to 15KV, microprocessor-based control panels, industrial control panels, custom motor controllers, motor control centers, generator control panels, gas and diesel engine panels and bus bar fabrication, power transfer switches, custom annunciators and custom controls.
Services are provided for base power and cogeneration facilities, line protection, high voltage substation power transformation and switching and power industry equipment manufacturers.
Contact MBJ staff writer Becky Gillette at firstname.lastname@example.org or (228) 872-3457.