The History of EMC and C.W. Silver

As many of you know, the electric motor is really the backbone of industry. Invented by Nikola Tesla in 1888, the AC electric motor is widely considered to be among the most valuable patents of all time. A major catalyst of the Industrial Revolution and worldwide electrification, electric motors today represent 45% of global electricity consumption.

EMC’s story is deeply rooted in the industrialization and electrification of the crossroads of the West: Salt Lake City, Utah. An early adopter of electricity, Salt Lake powered Main Street in 1881 and joined London, New York City, San Francisco, and Cleveland, becoming just the fifth centrally electrified city in the world. By 1889, the first electric street cars could be seen bustling around the downtown area.

A community built on being industrious, Salt Lake was full of applications primed to benefit from the continual electrification and motive power made possible by the electric motor. As mining, oil and gas, and general industry flourished in Utah, Salt Lake’s population doubled between 1900-1930, and with new technologies emerging daily, electricity use became commonplace.

Original building in 1956.

Electric Motors - The Backbone of Industry

C.W. Silver

It was during this era that Clarence W. Silver started as a Chief Electrical Engineer at the Midvale Steel Company (1914-1917). A descendant of William John Silver, one of Utah’s primary industrial pioneers who fought to establish an iron works industry in an uncompromising wilderness, Clarence spent three years at Midvale Steel before deciding to venture into business on his own. In 1917, he founded C.W. Silver Company, an electrical contracting and service business. He and the company worked on a number of large projects, including the Idaho Falls LDS Temple, the University of Utah campus, and the street lighting systems in Murray, Provo, and Park City. Over the years, C.W. Silver established itself as a respected industrial distributor, service provider, and contractor across the Western United States.

The Founding of EMC

Fast forward five or six decades. The son of Westinghouse Electrical Engineer, Lynn Rossiter, Steven L. Rossiter was part of a third generation raised in and around the electric motor repair industry. After a two-year church service mission, Steve and his business partner, Wayne Turnbow, were eager to bring energy saving solutions to market in the peak of the 1970s Energy Crisis. Together, they founded Energy Management Corporation in Salt Lake City in 1979. Selling everything from shower heads to ceiling fans, the duo sought to save companies money by helping them think smarter about their energy usage. In the early 1980s, EMC began to really hit its stride as it was one of the first adopters of a new technology able to produce significant savings in electric motors: the Variable Frequency Drive (VFD).

The Merger of EMC and C.W. Silver

In 1988, Lynn and Steve Rossiter were fortunate enough to retain the employees and purchase the assets of the C.W. Silver Company in an effort to expand EMC’s capabilities and services, as well as to continue offering superior value and technical expertise to our amazing customers. In 2012, C.W. Silver proudly merged with Energy Management Corporation and the companies became one cohesive team.

EMC Today

Today, with over 100 employees throughout the Western US, EMC proudly celebrates not only 100+ years in business, but also the industrial history of Salt Lake City and the electrical pioneering heritage that goes along with it. We are honored to serve the communities dependent on electrical technologies and proudly do our best to keep them running and thriving.

From all of us at EMC, thank you for 100 years and counting. Here's to 100 more.