Our skilled craftsmen are well-trained, using modular layouts and common components that make it easy for you to maintain our control panels and implement upgrades well into the future. Because you care about safety in your business, safety is also a top priority at NorthWind. Every aspect of the control panel design and fabrication process, from component selection to sizing and installation, is done with safety in mind. We fabricate industrial control panels in our on-site U.L. Listed facility.
This climate-controlled manufacturing space, with high bay doors and loading docks for efficient materials’ handling and transport, is equipped for full power-up testing of panel components. Each panel is quality-checked and inspected point-to-point prior to being shipped to your location.
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