Founded in 1991, Energy Products (EP) represented East Penn Manufacturing/ Deka batteries, Hobart Battery Chargers and Materials Transportation Company throughout Michigan and Ohio and specialized in the design, furnish and installation of battery rooms. They are a primary supplier to automotive companies and other large warehouses that utilize battery powered material handling equipment. In 1992, Energy Products was awarded a contract with two of the three major automotive companies based in Detroit to supply and service forklift batteries, chargers and to coordinate the battery recycling throughout the United States. As of 2013, Energy Products is still the primary supplier with two of the three automotive manufacturers and for several years was the primary supplier to all three automotive manufacturers. Energy Products services and supplies many non-automotive accounts with all there battery and charger needs as well.
In 1998, Kurt Smith co-founded Energy Products and Services (EP&S). The company, based out of the headquarters of Energy Products, focused on engineering furnish and installation of stationary UPS systems and building and maintaining the wireless infrastructure for the telecommunications industry. Customers included Nextel, Cingular, AT&T, Centennial Wireless and many other wireless carriers. The company experienced rapid growth and quickly opened offices in Chicago, IL, Cleveland, OH, Atlanta, GA and Dallas, TX. Energy Products and Services sold to a group of outside investors November 2006.
In 2003, Energy Products expanded into automotive battery and deep cycle battery distribution serving the Midwest and east coast. Primary lines of batteries they carry in this category include: Deka, Exide, U.S. Battery, Optima and several other leading manufacturers. They also distribute batteries marketed under their own Transcontinental Batteries brand as well as several other brands.
In January 2005 Energy Products purchased the assets of Motion Savers Inc a material handling company that specialized in industrial and utility vehicles. This expanded Energy Products into the sales, service and parts distribution business for utility vehicles and related equipment. Energy Products represents Taylor-Dunn and Club Car utility vehicles.
In August 2005 Energy Products purchased the assets of K&K Cox LLC DBA the Armstrong Company in Grand Rapids, MI. This purchase provided EP with a stronger channel of distribution and recycling support to the customer base located in western Michigan and northern Indiana.
In May 2005 Energy Products purchased the assets of Commercial Battery a large warehouse distributor of automotive type batteries with warehousing in New Castle, PA and North Hudington PA. This purchase further extended Energy Products ability to service customers throughout the northeast with their battery, charger and recycling needs.
In January 2008 Energy Products further extended its reach east with the purchase of the assets of DuBois Battery a long established distributor of automotive batteries in mid-state PA.
December 2012 Energy Products of Canada LTD was formed to service customers in the Windsor Ontario Canada market.
Charged Battery Delivery
In December 2001, Energy Products set up operations in Flint, MI to provide just-in-time delivery of fully charged forklift batteries to supply all the DC power necessary to support all the electric forklifts operating at General Motors Truck & Bus plant in Flint, MI and General Motors Powertrain in Bay City, MI. This first of its kind operation allowed the GM plants to eliminate their battery charging rooms as well as the ownership of forklift batteries, chargers and related equipment and the associated maintenance. During the term of the agreement EP delivered over 550,000 lbs. of charged batteries every day and returned the discharged batteries to an off-site facility for recharging and maintenance.
During 2012, Energy Products developed and has patents pending for a more efficient means to change and charge forklift batteries while providing a just-in-time delivery of charged forklift batteries.
In January 2013, Energy Products began providing Charged Battery Delivery service to the Chrysler Windsor Assembly Plant in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. This set-up freed valuable space in the factory by eliminating the battery room needed to charge and maintain the forklift batteries, provides a safer way to handle forklift batteries, eliminate the environmental issues with charging batteries in the factory, reduced the time required to change batteries and significantly reduces the capital costs associated with operating a battery charging room.
In 1988 Kurt Smith founded KH Smith Co and developed and had manufactured several electronic controls for material handling equipment many that are still in use today. Products include a CC-1292 a charger retrofit control for single phase chargers, the first charger monitoring system to indicate the next battery to put in service based upon state of charge known as the Multiple Charger Monitoring system MCM100 developed in 1990. Other products include one of the first battery data recorders developed in 1988 and used to record cycles and events on forklift batteries, the distribution was later sold to Anderson Power Products a leading international supplier of battery connectors. A Charge Discharge Controller CDC-886 was developed in 1986 and is used on industrial vehicles to extend the life of batteries by better controlling the charging and discharge of the batteries. KH Smith Co became part of Energy Products in 1991.