ABB buys T&D service solutions company in U.S.

RALEIGH, N.C., Nov. 18, 2004 — ABB, a leading power and automation technology group, announced it has acquired the assets of Pacific Breaker Systems, Inc. in the United States, a leading supplier of engineered solutions that improve the performance of installed medium-voltage switchgear and circuit breakers.

“This acquisition will help us meet our customers’ needs for improved reliability and performance of the electricity distribution infrastructure, as well as economical life extension of their power plants and factories,” said Paul Kefalas, head of ABB’s Power Technologies division in North America. “ABB will be able to offer customers the benefits of our advanced circuit breaker technologies adapted for virtually any installation, regardless of the original manufacturer of their equipment.”

Based in Napa, California, Pacific Breaker Systems specializes in the engineering and manufacturing of solutions to upgrade aging switchgear and circuit breakers used in large utility, industrial and commercial installations. The company also has a wide range of designed and fully tested replacement circuit breakers that reduce maintenance costs.

The acquisition will be integrated into the ABB’s Medium Voltage Products business area unit, located in Florence, South Carolina, but will be operated as a satellite facility in Napa in order to improve service to customers on the west coast. ABB did not disclose the terms of the acquisition.

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ABB is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 103,000 people.

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