History of Benshaw

  • Company Profile

    The development and manufacturing of process motor controls and drives:

    Since our founding in 1983, Benshaw has grown to become a world leader in the design, development, and manufacture of mission critical motor controls and drives. When the application is critical, and the environment harsh, customers specify Benshaw.

    Complete Family of Motor Control Products

    Although many in industry have come to know Benshaw through our global leadership position in solid state motor control technologies, we also manufacture a complete line of electro-mechanical motor controls and drives. Today, Benshaw is widely recognized as a preferred source for a wide range of mission critical motor control and protection products.

    Benshaw products feature advanced motor control and protection functionality, an easy-to-use interface, exceptional input/output flexibility and connectivity across all major communications protocols. All Benshaw facilities are ISO 9001 certified, and Benshaw invests heavily in motor control research and development, utilizing state-of-the-art production and process control technologies to achieve the highest possible quality at the lowest possible cost.

    Standard ... and Custom-Engineered

    Benshaw offers an extensive line of standard controls and drives — serving a broad spectrum of industries. And if a standard product doesn't fit your requirements, Benshaw's design and engineering teams can help tailor a solution that does, no matter how complex or demanding the application.


    Expertise, state-of-the-art systems, qualifications and people:

    From concept to final assembly, Benshaw provides a turnkey custom panel capability. Benshaw is uniquely qualified to help you accomplish your motor and machine control objectives. Benshaw provides world class, comprehensive service and support — before, during, and after the sale — to help you achieve your motor control objectives. Engineering, installation, technical support, emergency repairs, retrofits, and training — whenever and wherever needed — are all part of our commitment. 


    Benshaw is uniquely qualified to help you accomplish your motor and machine control objectives.

    Benshaw's control integration experts approach complex control applications with unrivaled engineering and design experience. We work closely with OEM partners to achieve cost effective motor and machine control solutions that precisely match requirements — no matter how demanding the application. Benshaw's state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities combine the convenience of regional proximity with the cost advantages of a single, large scale operation and an extensive global supply chain.

    Benshaw provides design and testing services to ensure UL, CE or CCC compliance, and can acquire all necessary machine and motor control listings and certifications. Our centralized materials management staff sources globally, working to ensure that materials and components are always on hand when needed.

    All operations are ISO certified, and all components, enclosures, parts, and materials are inspected, tracked, and kitted per ISO 9001 protocols to ensure timely processing of orders. 

    Benshaw Service Capabilities

    All services are performed by trained, experienced personnel, using the latest engineering, diagnostics and testing equipment.

    Standard controls, critical parts, packaged assemblies, and electrical/electronic components are stocked and ready to ship from Benshaw.

    • Applications/Engineering Support: An experienced staff of applications specialists and engineers are available to help you evaluate current and future control system requirements, to develop a sound strategy for retrofit, upgrade, or replacement.
    • Factory Service: Diagnostics, systems analysis, repair, and control modification services are performed in our Technical Service Center on Benshaw and third party controls.
    • Field Service: Control installations, commissioning, retrofits, upgrades, testing, diagnostics, and repair services are performed in the field by experienced, highly trained technicians.
    • Maintenance: Benshaw offers a wide range of preventive maintenance services to help keep Benshaw, and third party controls, on the job. Proactive maintenance plans and discounted service contracts are available to minimize costs and reduce downtime.


    Manufacturing facilities and technical support centers in and outside the United States:

    Benshaw has developed an extensive network of manufacturing facilities and technical support centers in and outside the United States — all linked via centralized engineering and order management systems. Our facilities combine the convenience of local service with the economies-of-scale and efficiency of a large global organization. Our manufacturing and service capabilities ensure rapid delivery times, reduced shipping costs, and on demand field service when needed. 


    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Benshaw’s headquarters and Operations Center provides customer service, research and development, sales and marketing, support, engineering, logistics, and administrative services. This center houses manufacturing, testing, and warehousing for low and medium voltage motor control solutions.


    Benshaw Canada supplies and supports all of the motor control products and components listed in the "Products" section of this site. In addition, our Canadian operations manufacture, service and support a variety of control products that are unique to the Canadian market.

    Listowel, Ontario
    The Listowel operation houses administrative, engineering and sales functions for the Canadian market, along with a low/medium voltage motor control manufacturing and testing facility.