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MERRIAM, KS – April 13, 2018 – Barr-Thorp Electric Company Inc., a provider of high technology products to the industrial manufacturing, original equipment manufacturing (OEM) and system integration markets, announced an asset purchase of CPI Automation and Control Solutions based in Denver, Colorado.

CPI Automation has served the Rocky Mountain Region as an electrical distributor since 1948.  In 1986, Jim Friesen, CPI President, transitioned the company to a value added distributor serving original equipment manufacturers.

Barr-Thorp Electric, founded in 1923, is celebrating its 95th year of servicing customers in Kansas, Nebraska, and Western Missouri.  “This acquisition expands our geographical presence in the Midwest.  Based on the history, market focus, and technical nature of the product offerings between the two companies, it seemed only natural to join forces,” said Todd Thorp, President of Barr-Thorp Electric.  “I’ve admired CPI Automation for many years and I’m excited for the opportunity to work with the new members of our Barr-Thorp team.”



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