Electromate Corporation was founded in 1969 by inventor and born tinkerer William “Andy” Irvin with investment partner Sam Jacobson. Electromate started as an enclosure manufacturer in downtown Jacksonville, Florida. In addition to enclosures, Electromate expanded into electronic controllers. The Electrogage was one of Andy’s very noteworthy inventions and rapidly became a flagship product for the company. The Electrogage was a manometer that when incorporated with a bubbler system, made control panels used in the water / wastewater industry more sophisticated. The Electrogage was such a success, the City of Jacksonville standardized on them almost immediately.
Electromate grew rapidly with its business model of offering enclosures, electronic controllers and finished electrical panels for lift stations. They relocated to a larger facility on the southeast corner of Jacksonville near I-95 on Salisbury road. In the mid 1970’s a fire broke out which had Electomate relocating again to is current location on the south side of Jacksonville along the Phillips highway.
The Electrogage continued to increase in popularity because of its intuitive operation and ease of use. Many municipalities standardized on the Electrogage. Following the Electrogage came the Digi-Gage which also featured the same intuitive operation and ease of use. The Digi-Gage was a pump controller that took information from floats, a bubbler or a transducer and controlled up to 6 across-the-line starters. The Digi-Gage was a gamechanger. It was hot swappable and so simple, anyone that invested a minute to get familiar, became a pro. The hot swappable feature was a winner for municipalities. If Digi-Gage had a failure, a replacement could be put in its place in under a minute without powering down the control panel! Later came the Vari-Gage which functioned like the Digi-Gage but included motor speed control with variable frequency drives (VFDs).
In 1989, Electromate split into an enclosure division and controls division. The enclosure division was sold to Robroy. Then in 2003, Electromate changed ownership again from Robroy to Rittal. The controller division has stayed under private ownership and was incorporated as EG Pump Controls, Inc. doing business as EG Controls.
Andy’s vision was “If something needed has not been invented, I must invent it. If something has already been invented, I must improve it!” Andy partnered with Cliff Ingram and started Ingram Products. Ingram products continues to sell quality industrial controls to this day. In the mid 1990’s Andy sold his interests in EG Controls to become the president of Ingram Products. Andy passed away in 2014.
EG Controls grew and adapted to the changes in the water industry over the following decades. Throughout the years, EG has embraced Andy’s entrepreneurial and inventive spirit by keeping its commitment to developing new products and services. EG strives to keep pace with the increasing demand for innovation and new technology.
Original products like the Electrogage have been replaced by the Electrogage ECO. The Digi-Gage and Vari-Gage have been updated and are now touchscreens that can even be controlled with a smartphone. Dedication to product quality and customer responsiveness continues to be a top priority at EG Controls.
Today EG Controls designs and builds custom panels for virtually every industrial sector. EG continues to be a leader in the wastewater and controls industry. Serving all 50 states through representatives or direct contact, EG’s headquarters are conveniently located approximately 1 mile south on the Phillips highway on the south side of Jacksonville, Florida.