Powering the Future with Ingenuity

About the Company

SAI traces its roots back to 1907 in Chicago where the Switchboard Apparatus Co. was manufacturing electrical apparatus for this growing Midwestern city on the shores of Lake Michigan. Switchboard Apparatus enjoyed impressive growth through the greater part of the twentieth century. It was owned and operated by three generations of the founding Berthold family until 1992 when it was acquired by switchgear industry veteran Dale Hoppensteadt. Hoppensteadt built upon the rich tradition of the company’s past and invested in expanded production capability by building in 2006 a 50,000 sq. ft. state-of-the art electrical equipment manufacturing facility in Elmhurst, IL.

In 2010 the company acquired certain business interests and resources of Emerson Network Power’s ASCO Custom Engineered Services unit to create an integrated custom engineering and manufacturing solutions group. Under the leadership of former ASCO Engineering Director and long-time power industry professional Brad Bell, a new organization emerged: SAI Advanced Power Solutions.

SAI Vision: Powering the Future with Ingenuity

Though Switchboard Apparatus, Inc. was founded over a century ago, the company’s vision has always been to apply ingenuity to further electric manufacturing; to design, engineer and build a quality product that would rival and exceed anything else being made in the world. Over the years, the company did just that and now enjoys a well-earned reputation as a trailblazer of electrical apparatus manufacturing. While other companies in the electrical manufacturing industry have moved production overseas to cut costs, SAI has established superior processes to produce cost-effective solutions locally, saving American jobs and keeping American ingenuity alive and well.

Today, SAI is a trusted manufacturing partner for government facilities, healthcare providers, data centers, Fortune 500 companies and international OEM customers worldwide. We remain committed to our motto: Powering the Future with Ingenuity.

The SAI Advantage

SAI is an industry leader in the switchgear design, build and retrofit sector because of one simple advantage: Our ability to control every aspect of our in-house manufacturing process. Other companies in this industry can only provide “configurable switchgear”; having only standard designs with limited flexibility. SAI boasts custom designs, sizes, and colors with additional options for breaker type, specialized controls and fast track lead-times.

Thanks to a 100% vertically integrated platform, SAI specializes in custom solutions; beginning with raw materials and ending with quality finished products. With experienced in-house electrical, mechanical and controls engineers, our ability is almost limitless. SAI has the flexibility and overall control to provide the products you need when you need them. At SAI custom truly means custom.

For your next electrical infrastructure project, contact SAI. Let us show you our competitive advantage first hand.