Grafton’s Electrical Mechanical Drives is purchased by Minnesota company

News Graphic Staff

July 25, 2017

GRAFTON — Electrical Mechanical Drives, based in Grafton, has been purchased by Power/mation, which is headquartered in St. Paul, Minn.

Gary Laev, a Mequon resident and owner of EMD, and Tim York, president of Power/mation, said in a joint news release that the acquisition is a good fit for both companies.

“Similar to Power/mation, EMD has made shifts from initially being a rep firm for motor products to ultimately being an Association for High Technology Distribution distributor of motion control products,” according to the news release.

“We believe that EMD’s core competencies in motion control and mechanical applications, along with Power/mation’s strong solution and product support, will offer customers access to an expanded product and service offering,” the news release added.

Power/mation, an automation distributor in the Midwest, offers robotics, sensors, servo motion control, AC/DC drives, networking, industrial vision, connectivity, enclosure modification, safety kits and a wide variety of customized technical solutions, the news release added.

EMD is located at 2350 Dakota Drive in Grafton. Its website is Power/mation is online at