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We believe everyone deserves to go home safe to their families every night. That's why, at PowerSafe, we've made it our mission to accomplish that in-house and out.
PowerSafe values its customers by putting in the extra time and effort to get the job done and reducing your pain points.
We strive for excellence in every department. Our operation could not be done without every step of our core values.
In the summer of 2015, Shawn Mantel, a Sales Engineer, and a previously partnered Electrical Contractor, were at a crossroads in their careers and both were looking for something more for their family and friends.
Conversations began about each other’s respective backgrounds at a seasonal campground drinking Fireball Whisky around a campfire.
They quickly realized they could join forces to offer the market something unique and decided they could exploit a void in the market with their skills and abilities. This combined skill set could give workers a better chance to go home safe at night to be with their families, just as they did.
With a gap in machine safety systems between mechanical processes and machines, expanding regulations and standards, and the new generation of computer controls and robots there was a need for a company to provide skilled trade services of installation and electronic safety device integration and support. That casual conversation quickly became reality and PowerSafe Automation was founded.
Established in January 2016, PowerSafe Automation carved a niche in the market by offering custom machine safety guarding, electrical, and industrial automation solutions. Their efforts quickly paid off as they gained new customers, including Fortune 500 companies. In the fall of 2016, they purchased a 14,000 sq ft facility, expanded their team, and enhanced their online presence, positioning themselves for future growth and better customer service. They also became a member of ISNetworld, a reputable compliance partner, ensuring adherence to liability insurance, OSHA logs, and safety programs.
In 2017, PowerSafe Automation hired a Site Supervisor to enhance their machine guarding installation capabilities nationwide. They also renovated their offices and shop, preparing for future expansions and improved front-end support. Additionally, they expanded their digital presence through industry-specific online platforms.
In 2018, PowerSafe Automation acquired metal fabricating machines to enhance their in-house machining capabilities. They joined respected safety organizations, ASSP and NSC, to stay informed and share knowledge with partners. They became a US partner for ReeR electronic safety devices, aiming to expand their presence. They also published their first article in Assembly Magazine, partnered with Amazon for eCommerce sales, and collaborated with Independent Sales Reps to expand local customer support.
In 2019, PowerSafe Automation invested in doubling their fleet and hired an additional Site Supervisor to meet the growing demand for turnkey safety solutions. They expanded their storage capabilities with a bullpen and security system. Furthermore, they wrote and published three magazine articles and received two awards for their excellence in industrial safety solutions and general business.
In 2020, PowerSafe Automation adapted to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, maintaining essential operations to comply with safety regulations. They implemented measures such as defined office areas, training programs, and remote work options. They expanded their digital presence, installed industrial fans for temperature control, and published articles. They also developed innovative solutions like award-winning hands-free sanitizer dispensers and expanded their in-plant capabilities through partnerships. They received multiple awards for their safety solutions and dispensing system.
In 2021, Shawn Mantel became the sole owner of the company, and Tracy Mantel joined the operations, enhancing infrastructure support. They reached a significant 5-year milestone as a turnkey machine safety guarding company. They expanded their capabilities by adding two more crews and fleet infrastructure, as well as increasing their local fleet vehicles. They published an article on electronic machine safety challenges and implemented an inventory control system. They improved efficiency and quality with a new shop layout, introduced new engineering processes, and expanded their controls and automation support. Additionally, they invested in a CNC router for expanded panel capabilities.
In 2022, PowerSafe Automation expanded its capacities by hiring new team members in various roles such as Human Resources Manager, Field Installers, Machine and Fabrication Team Lead, Shop Technician, and Graphic Designer/Marketing. In the Fall, the company underwent a full, company-wide rebranding and greater presence on the web. They also began using the CNC router for metal fabrication and increased their support capabilities in this area.
In 2023, They upgraded the machine and fabrication shop with a new industrial shear, upcut saw and hired yet another crew to expand the opportunity to take on more jobs all over the country. Also joining the team in new positions are a new Inside Sales Rep, a Marketing Assistant, Engineering Manager and a Quality Control department to help maintain the flow and consistency of the operation as a whole.
With no end in sight, they continue to focus on new ways to expand the business and their outreach, grow relationships with their customers which include Fortune 500 companies. Most importantly, they continue to save people’s lives by improving their workplace safety while reducing pain points.
PowerSafe Automation has created a niche in the market as a turnkey solutions provider focused on custom design, fabrication, and installation for machine safety, electrical, and industrial automation applications. The company was founded in 2016 by elevating commodity products with premium value, through consistent brand recognition and support to the marketplace.
PowerSafe Automation’s mission is to solve problems by reducing customer pain points of time constraints, lack of skilled trade, exposure to machine hazards, and liability concerns with improved workplace safety.
These systems can range from basic machine guarding to fully integrated machine safety systems. Turnkey designs are achieved through a combination of bolt-on physical guarding, such as T-Slotted Aluminum Extrusion framing with wire mesh and/or polycarbonate plastic panels, machine tool safety guards, and power transmission covers.
One success story we are proud to promote is our speed monitoring system. After attempts with other suppliers, a client contacted us with a problem looking for a unique solution. Their current situation had an old lathe with a simple barrier guard and a non-locking safety switch on the door. This machine took 15 seconds to ramp down allowing the operator to be exposed to the hazards once the non-locking door was opened. We designed a speed monitoring system using an encoder, a proximity sensor, and a locking solenoid switch controlled by our PowerControls. This kept the door locked until the speed monitoring system sensed the lathe was at zero rotation eliminating the hazard presence to the operator. We were just published as an authority for this application in the June 2018 issue of Assembly Magazine.
PowerSafe Automation helps improve the safety attitudes of employees in the workplace, which allows us to have a high customer retention rate by providing the client with an exceptional value for their money focusing on quality, reliability, and service.