Powermatic Associates – California and Texas

June 23, 2023
Powermatic Associates - California and Texas

Powermatic Associates

providing effective automation solutions


With the client in mind, Powermatic Associates provides leading industry solutions

There is a consistent theme in how Powermatic Associates operates. With offices in California, Texas, and Singapore, the company has a global reach with a single purpose – providing value for customers and employees.

Powermatic Associates is an employee-owned company that provides effective automation solutions. Since 1972, it has been dedicated to quality and long-term value, with the main goal of meeting and exceeding the requirements of its customers. That means it is consistent in delivering products and solutions that are dependable.

Powermatic Associates - California and Texas

Frank Nudo III, CEO

“What we do is help our customers create a product and take it from concept to life,” says CEO Frank Nudo III. The company offers a full staff of design engineers who can assist customers with their needs. Powermatic professionals collaborate with client engineers and processes from design and parts supply chain management to the formulation of solutions that will maximize performance.

Powermatic builds print harnesses and power and control panels. It prototypes with 100 percent testing to ensure those solutions and all that it is involved with work to their fullest potential. As a whole, the company focuses on automation, supply, and distribution, working with nearly 100 brands. Among the current products available through Powermatic are panel products, sensors, motion and automation controls, and BUS systems.

Says Nudo, “There are a number of competitors that can provide components. But we go several steps further to offer those value-added services that make the jobs of our customers easier.” Among the other company differentiators are top-level customer service, on-time delivery, and trouble-free operations.

With a reputation as a solutions provider. Powermatic Associates has achieved notable growth in recent years, particularly following the onset of the COVID pandemic. That’s when customers needed tools and resources required by the various vaccines and needed for required emergency and safety equipment. The demand for semiconductors and smart chips also grew during that time given the emphasis on remote working and productivity.

For these and other reasons, Powermatic increased its work with life science organizations and in the artificial intelligence space. Anything that requires automation and monitoring represents an opportunity for the company. With that in mind, another growing area for the company is automated agricultural and farming processes.

Powermatic Associates - California and Texas

Rudy Solis Jr., CFO

The numbers back up that growth statement. According to Powermatic CFO Rudy Solis, Jr., the company enjoyed record revenue years consecutively in 2021 and 2022. Revenue essentially doubled during those years as the work-from-home trend created a demand for data storage, microprocessor chips for technology devices, and more.

According to Solis Jr., “We’ve positioned ourselves well for the next few years.”


ESOP as a value-added employee model

Powermatic Associates became a 100 percent employee-owned company on January 1, 2018, when former owner and founder Larry Fitzgerald completed a multi-year transition of selling the business to employees upon his retirement at the end of 2017. The ESOP model was actually adopted in 2004 with employee ownership gradually increasing over that 14-year period.

There are many obvious benefits to the ESOP model, according to Nudo III. The first is that it naturally adjusts and defines the morale that employees have because they are stakeholders who benefit financially from performance. As a result, Powermatic works to reward its top-performing employees and individual actions designed to support company success.

Powermatic Associates - California and Texas

Thadya Zoraster, HR Manager

To ensure that employee-owners understand all the benefits available to them while working as part of an ESOP, Powermatic creates educational updates and provides training designed to help employees get the most value from their ownership. According to Powermatic HR Manager Thadya Zoraster, these efforts can help inform employees of the opportunities and rights they have. A more informed employee-owner is often a more efficient one as well.

Furthermore, the ESOP model places added emphasis on ensuring new hires are likely to fit the role and model of a Powermatic employee-owner, Zoraster says. As a result, the Human Resources team will use a range of tools and tests designed to match preferred skill sets to candidates.


Obvious financial benefits for employees

Employee owners are well positioned to have a comfortable retirement after working for Powermatic because of the ESOP model, says Solis Jr. The financial “stake” in the company’s success helps to replace the former pension model which few employers operate today. Additionally, those funds outpace the retirement savings accrued in a 401K account, which Powermatic also offers to its employees.

“My own experience proves that the ESOP funds grow much faster,” Solis Jr says.

The ESOP model also stresses the importance of transparency, which Solis Jr and his fellow executives believe in. Company performance is regularly shared at employee meetings and there is a true feeling of celebration when Powermatic achieves a profitable year. Solis Jr saw the impact himself when presenting profit-sharing awards to colleagues following the last two highly successful years.

“It’s just a wonderful feeling to be a part of an event where you can present (financial) rewards to people you work with every day,” Solis Jr says. “To see the smiles on their faces and to have the opportunity to celebrate with them is something that makes me proud of the work we do and what we represent.”

With those financial rewards in mind, the employee mentality is to act like a vested owner. Because of that, employees are encouraged to share ideas and improvements with their manager and are rewarded for implementing ideas that provide value.


Locations and growth opportunities

Powermatic has four convenient U.S. office locations, in California and Texas. They give the organization the ability to consult and utilize individuals with specific skill sets and expertise from around the country.

Some of its four locations are in the midst of current expansions. Powermatic is adding 6,000 square feet of space at its Singapore location. It will host a Grand Reopening of its Texas location later in 2023 which includes a 12,000-square-foot expansion. The fourth office just opened in Anaheim, Calif. in February 2023. These expansions and openings will help Powermatic to be even more responsive to its customers while addressing increases in demand.

New employee owners will be hired for a full range of positions, including designers, engineers, sales professionals, and other back-office staff.

“Again, it comes down to the value add we provide,” Nudo III says. “Right now, some of our suppliers are having a tough time getting parts and we can provide that solution in part because we are sitting on a significant amount of inventory. We are confident that with the growth we are seeing, all of our (team members) at our locations will remain busy.”

The most notable short-term goal for Nudo III is to help the company meet certain certifications that will even further strengthen its reputation and position in the marketplace. That includes being certified ISO 9001 as a way to open up new markets and identify sales opportunities.

The ISO 9000 family is a set of five quality management systems standards that help organizations ensure they meet customer and other stakeholder needs within statutory and regulatory requirements related to a product or service. ISO 9001 sets out the criteria for a quality management system. More than 1 million companies and organizations in over 170 countries are certified to ISO 9001.

This standard is based on a number of quality management principles including a strong customer focus, the motivation and implication of top management, the process approach, and continual improvement.

Says Nudo III, “Quality is of utmost importance to our company and our members. I look forward to us taking that next step in our (evolution).”

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Powermatic Associates

What: Leading automated solutions company with industry-specific product offerings

Where: Headquartered in California and Texas

Website: https://www.powermatic.net/


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