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SJE Acquires Ohio Electric Control in Ashland, Ohio

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SJE Inc. is excited to announce that it has purchased Ohio Electric Control, Inc. (OEC), effective December 1, 2021. Located just down the street from SJE’s existing facility in Ashland, Ohio, OEC brings to the partnership world-leading expertise in control solutions and strong customer relationships. Through the purchase, SJE will be able to offer additional technical resources and manufacturing capabilities that will augment OEC’s current capacity and provide access to a broader product offering.

“Even though SJE and OEC have been competitors for many years, we have always had mutual respect for each other,” said Dave Thomas, President and CEO of SJE. “OEC has a strong brand, providing control solutions and strong customer relationships, just like SJE.”

While the acquisition provides growth opportunities for both companies, in many ways it is business as usual. Bob McMullen, Jennay Cacchio and Leslie Blankenship will remain in leadership roles for OEC.  OEC will continue to operate out of the current facility in Ashland, Ohio, and market under the OEC brand. Additionally, no reductions are planned for either the SJE or OEC Ashland, Ohio, locations. SJE currently has many open positions and is actively hiring.

“We were looking for a partner that understands our industry and has the technical resources and commitment to quality to help us continue to grow and serve our customers,” said Jay Dienst, Vice President of Marketing at SJE.

SJE looks to partner with companies that have talented employees, opportunities for future growth and a proven track record of strong performance that aligns with SJE’s culture and values. This is SJE’s second acquisition this year, following the purchase of L. W. Allen in Madison, Wisconsin.

Ohio Electric Control, Inc.

Based in Ashland, Ohio, OEC is a world leader in electric control technology. In 1978, Jack and Martha McMullen started the company from their home’s basement. Today, OEC’s dedication to quality products, timely delivery, fair prices and great customer service has continued through three generations. OEC has excelled across the controls industry, including water/wastewater applications and a diverse range of Original Equipment Manufacturers’ (OEM) Control Systems. To learn more, visit

SJE Inc.

SJE® was founded in 1975.  Over 45 years later, SJE has grown into a leading controls technology company throughout the United States and Canada, as well as global markets.  SJE, a privately held company, is comprised of well-respected brands — CSI Controls, PRIMEX, SJE Rhombus — all known for their innovation and quality. With corporate headquarters in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, SJE has locations throughout the United States and Asia. SJE offers a wide variety of control products for residential, commercial, municipal and industrial markets, representing the most reliable integration of engineering and manufacturing capabilities in the industry.  To learn more, visit