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COMPANY HISTORY
After working at a drive systems integrator and then as a manufacturer representative, Mike Burvan formed Midwest Power Products & Controls, Inc. on June 22, 1992. The main reason for starting this company was to fill a need as a niche market distributor/specialist of electric motors, gear reducers and gearmotors. At the time very few people knew how to properly apply or select gear reducers and/or gearmotors.  Most people were either considered bearing people or motor people back then.

The company was started out of Burvan's apartment on Halsted Street, near Wrigley Field in Chicago. Back then it was Burvan, a desk, and a telephone (see early photo below).

From left to right, Joe Burvan, Mike Burvan and family friend Jason Gutwein.  This photo, from the summer of 1992, looks like Joe and Jason were trying to get Mike to take the afternoon off and go to a Cubs game with them.

In June of '92, after the phone did not ring for the first two days, Burvan went out into the Chicagoland area to seek customers. The first and only product Midwest Power represented at the time was Electra-Gear. This early Midwest Power/Electra-Gear relationship still flourishes today, as Midwest Power has become the largest Electra-Gear Distributor worldwide.

In 1993 Mike & Karen Burvan moved the company from Chicago, to the basement of their Schererville, Indiana home. It was shortly thereafter that motor and gear reducer inventory overflowed from the basement and took over the complete garage.

On January 1, 1994 Mike's brother Joe Burvan (pictured above) came to work at Midwest Power as an inside sales person. Joe handled all incoming phone calls and coordinated shipments from the garage, while Mike was out finding new customers. With Karen Burvan expecting their first child, Ryan, in March of 1994. She was tired of parking in the snow and unable to use the garage, she kicked the guys out of the house. It was time to find Midwest Power offices and a warehouse.

So in May of 1994, the current 7000 sq./ft building at 235 S. Lindberg St., Griffith, IN was purchased. This location is 5 minutes from the Indiana/Illinois border, 35 minutes from Chicago, and 40 minutes from the Indiana/Michigan border. It was after this 1994 move, when Midwest Power expended its inventory, that the customer base and sales started to explode.

In January 1st 1995, Midwest Power went live with its computer based distribution software called "Facts". This software system eliminated the massive paper trails and allowed sales, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll and shipping to all coordinate with each other. This helped Midwest Power become more efficient, allowing more time to increase sales.

In March of 1997, Midwest Power was named the number 1 Electra-Gear Distributor worldwide. By this time Midwest Power represented over 20 different manufacturers of electric motors & gear reducers and had customers in all 50 states plus many overseas. It was through those manufacturer relationships and hard working employees that the inventory grew. We began to then stock motors from 1/50th Hp to 200 Hp, and gear reducers in all shapes, sizes, and ratios. We could then ship same day from our stock of parts or assembled units.

April 1st, 1999, Midwest Power purchased Ringen Electric Motors, located in Rensselaer, Indiana. The name was then changed to Burvan Electric Motors and Gear Reducers, to honor Mike and Joe's father, Joe Burvan who passed away in 1995. Dave Geren, who worked at Ringen Electric for over 20 years, was appointed shop manager shortly thereafter. This motor and gear reducer repair shop can repair motors up to 500 Hp, and gear reducers/gear motors up to 4000 lbs. It can also repair pumps, welders, generators, and many other types of electro-mechanical machinery. This shop has proven to be the next step in being a full source supplier to our customers.

In early 2000, Midwest Power launched it's own line of Drive products called Speedtronics. This line includes special AC & DC motors, inline and right angle gear drives, and  AC/DC electrical variable speed drives.  The Speedtronics line of products has allowed us to meet our customers needs and fit our products into various applications.  The Speedtronics.Com division is our fastest growing area within the company.  We hope to grow this product line for many years to come.

Today Midwest Power and Burvan Electric Motors works with a wide variety of OEM's and industrial user accounts all over the United States. In fields such as food processing, air handling, conveying, pumping, and material handling. We represent over 50 different manufacturers of electric motors, gear reducers, and power transmission equipment. Today Midwest Power still generates over 85% of its business in the niche market as motor and gear reducer specialists. As a privately owned company, Midwest Power does not want to forget it's roots. We want to stay a hard working, customer service focused organization. Our goal is to keep our customers happy!


MISSION STATEMENT
At Midwest Power, our policy is to provide unmatched customer service with our experienced and well-trained staff. All personnel have been trained to solve customer applications and problems in a timely manner. We will bridge the gap between our customers and the manufacturers we represent, to solve these applications with quality products. Our forte is applying our products to your drive applications in a timely and cost effective manner.  Most engineering and applications questions can be answered immediately. This customer service experience will set us apart from our competition.

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Midwest Power Products & Controls, Inc.
235 S. Lindberg St., Griffith, IN 46319 (USA)
Ph. 219-922-2668    Fax 219-922-2669
After Hours Phone #219-741-2668
E-mail: burv@jorsm.com

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