Made in Milwaukee

Reliance Controls helps keeps the lights on

The customers that buy Racine-based Reliance Controls Corp.’s products do not use them every day, but are probably glad they have them when those products are put into use.

The core of Reliance Controls’ product line is its transfer switches, which connect a portable backup power generator into a home’s circuit-breaker. The company’s most popular transfer switches are available in six-, eight- and 10-circuit varieties.

Although the company recommends that its customers hire a licensed electrician to install its transfer switches, many people install the simpler switches that are sold at Lowe’s and Home Depot themselves.

“We tell our customers, ‘If you feel comfortable replacing a circuit-breaker in your home (electrical) panel, you’ll probably be able to install this,” said Michael Flegel, president of the company.

Reliance Controls’ six-, eight- and 10-circuit models are able to power key home appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, furnaces and sump pumps. Because portable power generators are only capable of generating a limited amount of power, each transfer panel has gauges to show the available amount of power and the amount each circuit is using.

For more, read the latest Made in Milwaukee profile in BizTimes Milwaukee.

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