Cleaveland/Price Inc. was acknowledged by the Commissioners of Westmoreland County on National Manufacturing Day 2016. Rae Sweeney, president of Cleaveland/Price Inc., was presented with the recognition award distinguishing Cleaveland/Price for their commitment to advanced workforce training and development in order to foster growth in manufacturing operations as well as to attract new business to the County.
Trafford, PA – May 24, 2016 – Cleaveland/Price announces that they have come to an agreement for acquisition of Reliatronics Inc., of Johnson City, TX. Reliatronics is a designer and manufacturer of remote terminal units (RTU) used primarily in the electric utility industry. Reliatronics RTU’s are noted for their small footprint and low power consumption and have been integrated into many Cleaveland/Price switch controllers.
Rae Sweeney, Cleaveland/Price president stated, “We are excited about the opportunities that will open up as a result of bringing Reliatronics into our company. We have number of products that we will be able to pursue given the expertise that Reliatronics will contribute.” Added Pete Kowalik, Cleaveland/Price vice-president and engineering manager, “Cleaveland/Price has worked closely with Reliatronics over the last 20+ years jointly supplying equipment to many utility customers. This closeness and common market led to the combining of efforts to design and manufacture a high voltage power line sensor (LineScope). The synergistic joining of the two companies creates a design and production team with greater capability to respond to new Smart Grid market needs.”
Hershel Roberson, president of Reliatronics, will continue with Cleaveland/Price in a product development role. Regarding the acquisition, Mr. Roberson observed, ” Reliatronics and Cleaveland/Price have probably done a hundred projects together and they have been great to work with. I have always been impressed by Cleaveland/Price’s engineering expertise, and with the family oriented culture of the company. I know that the products we have developed will be in good hands.”
Cleaveland/Price will be fully absorbing Reliatronics into its organization, however, will be maintaining the Reliatronics brand name for the RTUs.
Cleaveland/Price is a switch engineering and manufacturing firm with a diverse product portfolio including outdoor group operated high voltage switches with ratings to 345 kV, hookstick operated switches for a wide range of applications, enclosed switches including isophase disconnects, and custom designed high voltage switches for special uses. The company also manufactures switch control motor operators that enable utilities to integrate almost any switch into a SCADA or smart grid system in overhead, underground, and padmount applications. Through its work with Reliatronics, Cleaveland/Price has introduced a highly accurate line sensor for distribution and transmission applications.
Cleaveland/Price is proud to announce that we have been awarded SHARP certification from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration. SHARP (Safety & Health Achievement Recognition Program) is a program that recognizes small business employers who have used OSHA’s On-site Consultation Program services and operate an exemplary injury and illness prevention program.
Acceptance of our workplace into SHARP from OSHA is an achievement of status that singles us out among our business peers as a model for worksite safety and health. The high standards of SHARP acceptance is evidenced by Cleaveland/Price being one of only 54 companies in Pennsylvania to hold SHARP certification.
Management commitment, and employee focus on safety, has enabled Cleaveland/Price to achieve yet another milestone that establishes us as a leader in our industry.
Cleaveland/Price has been awarded a 2015 Top Workplaces honor by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including Alignment, Execution, and Connection, just to name a few.
“The Top Workplaces award is not a popularity contest. And oftentimes, people assume it’s all about fancy perks and benefits.” says Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics. “But to be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health. And who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture every day—the employees. Time and time again, our research has proven that what’s most important to them is a strong belief in where the organization is headed, how it’s going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together. Claffey adds, “Without this sense of connection, an organization doesn’t have a shot at being named a Top Workplace.”
In the award standings, Cleaveland/Price had the highest position among mid-sized companies in the manufacturing sector; a status that pleased company president, Mrs. Rae Sweeney. “Receiving a 2015 Top Workplace award is very important to our company. To maintain a competitive edge in our industry, we need to attract the best and the brightest individuals who will mesh with our culture of caring and striving for continuous improvement. This award helps to give us greater visibility to this pool of prospective employees.”
Cleaveland/Price was also cited in a supplemental article about building company culture.
Cleaveland/Price announces that the company’s Board of Directors has appointed company controller and IT director, Rae Sweeney, to succeed company founder Chuck Cleaveland, as company president. The transition is effective, January 1, 2014.
Mrs. Sweeney, a 29-year employee of Cleaveland/Price, is well positioned to step into the role of president. She has an exceptional knowledge and understanding of Cleaveland/Price information and manufacturing systems and has been a driving force in the installation and update of the company’s MRP system. Says Mrs. Sweeney, “I look forward to the challenge and opportunity to serve both our employees and customers. By following Chuck Cleaveland’s leadership example, we will continue to flourish as a key supplier in the marketplace as well as provide our employees with a top notch work experience.”
As company leader, Chuck Cleaveland established the company philosophy of placing employees #1, customers #2, and profit #3 in order of importance. Mr. Cleaveland stated that he is “confident and thankful that Rae will carry on our corporate traditions of having no unhappy customers and always treating our employees with kindness”. Mr. Cleaveland will remain as Chairman of the Board of Directors. He will be active with the company as he focuses his attention on product development, process refinement, and mentoring employees to succeed in attaining goals.