Electric motor and fractional horsepower gearmotor manufacturer Bison Gear & Engineering Corp. (www.bisongear.com), St. Charles, Ill., announced on May 3 that it has acquired the brushless DC (BLDC) electric motor business of Von Weise of Canada Co. The product line includes low voltage (12-24 volt) BLDC motors ranging from 80 to 225 watts (0.1 to 0.3 hp) with integral multifunction speed controls.
“With increased requirements for greater energy efficiency, compact size and overall value, we see brushless motor applications and the market growing significantly for our customers and Bison,” said Martin Swarbrick, Bison Gear chief executive officer. “This is a perfect complement to our own new Autonomotor sensorless brushless product line, and it aligns with our growth strategy, balancing internal product development with product and technology acquisition.”
Originally developed for and successfully introduced to the mobile heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) market, the maintenance-free motors will also be incorporated into Bison's growing gearmotor product line for industrial and commercial applications, the company said. “We have relocated the production of these new motors to our St. Charles, Ill., facility where we anticipate the synergy with our gearmotor products will lead to increased employment opportunities,” said Bison Gear Chairman Ron Bullock. “This expansion of our brushless DC motor manufacturing is another significant new development for Bison in our 50th Anniversary year.”
“We look forward to continuing to serve the mobile HVAC market for these products, in addition to the industrial pumps and compressors, valve actuators, medical device and business equipment markets for which they have been designed,” said John Morehead, Bison's vice president, strategic planning and marketing. “In line with our vision to be recognized by our customers as the best provider of motion control and power transmission solutions throughout the world, we will continue to explore other similar and complementary product line, business and technology acquisition and strategic alliance opportunities.”
Bison Gear & Engineering Corp.