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Left. GCEMS uses a vacuum-pressureimpregnation (VPI) system to rewind stators.
Below left. The company is not intimidated by big
motors. Its shop can handle industrial and municipal equipment as big as 27,000 hp.

really large motors are one-offs and to buy a
brand new one would require 40 weeks lead
time. We can build this motor from scratch
in 14 weeks."
The company is also building a niche in
field-service work. "We have OEMs who
will send engineering support on jobs with
us, so this differentiates us," Rodriguez said.
"We have the tooling to go to the site, pull
the motor, bring it back to the shop, and do
all repairs on motors up to 27,000 horsepower. Then we can take it back, reinstall it,
and commission it for service."
Some repairs happen on site. For example,
the Gulf Coast Electric Motor Service team
traveled to Chicago to repair and refurbish
an old, large generator. The team went to
Trinidad and Tobago to perform all of the
electrical testing on site for another large
generator.
"Sometimes facilities are built around the
generator and there is no way to remove the
equipment, so we go to the site," Rodriguez
explained. "It's important to fix these quickly
because they are having to purchase power
while the generator is down. This type of
field service is the biggest reason for our
growth in past few years." EP
to scramble and creatively find a way to
make the job happen. We are not the type
of manufacturing company that produces
thousands of the same widget. What we are
doing is truly custom manufacturing," he
noted. "The jobs that some people may shy
away from, well, those are the ones we get
excited about. Hopefully other people won't
want to do these crazy jobs, and we can keep
doing them. Of course, we don't shy away
from consistent ordinary jobs either. That's

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what keeps the lights on."
Another job example is a motor the
company is building in a joint effort with an
OEM for an existing footprint. They found
a dead motor in a scrap yard, bought the
carcass, and are now building the guts of
the motor to be installed into a steel mill.
"The customer needs a drop-in replacement
and is happy with our solution because it
saves them time and money but will operate
efficiently," Rodriguez said. "A lot of these

Michelle Segrest is president of Navigate
Content Inc., and has been a professional
journalist for 29 years. She specializes
in creating content for the processing
industries and has toured manufacturing
facilities in 55 cities in six countries on
three continents. If your facility has an
interesting efficiency, maintenance, and/
or reliability story to tell, please contact
her at michelle@navigatecontent.com.

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