Lima Armature Works celebrates 95 years

By Camri Nelson -

LIMA — What started off as an electric motor company in 1923 has grown over the last 95 years to a business that offers pool pumps, a full-service machine shop, fabrication services and more.

Homer Reeder began Lima Armature Works Inc. with electric motor repair equipment he had bought from his previous employer, Harry Tibbet, an electrical contractor for the city of Lima.

As the company began its transition to a full-service facility, Jim Smith, who had worked for the company for 20 years, was elected vice president and general manager in 1978. He then became the owner in 1985 when Reeder died.

Lima Armature Works Inc. services and repairs AC and DC electric motors and generators, power tools, centrifugal pumps, gear motors, hoists and portable heaters.

“Electric motors is the most popular service,” said Smith. “The main difference between when I started and now is that throw-away motors are the small motors. They are priced so cheap that it’s better to buy a new one than to put repair work into them, except for a special type motor.”

Special services include press work, machine work for custom balancing, spray welding of worn parts, key ways cut, boring and brush and specialty welding.

The business is also a distributor of various types of motors, gear reducers, fuses, brushes, v-belts and pulleys, penetrating lubricant, couplings and phase converters.

The company sells used and rebuilt motors, capacitors, transformer oil, fan blades, speed controls, portable heater parts, power tool parts, and automotive and tractor starters.

Lima Armature Works Inc. covers most of the Lima area and has worked with companies like Joint Systems Manufacturing Center and Superior Coaches.

Customer service is what sets the company apart, said Rick Smith, Lima Armature Works Inc. current president.

“We bend over backward for the customer,” said Rick Smith. “There is more industrial and commercial work because we are smaller, and I think we can spend more time and our people can spend more time with the customer.”

By Camri Nelson

Reach Camri Nelson at 567-242-0456 or on Twitter @CamriNews

Reach Camri Nelson at 567-242-0456 or on Twitter @CamriNews

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