Ideal or No Deal

Updated: Jul 28

Ohio manufacturer seals deal with Fairbanks Morse Defense


Fairbanks Morse Defense, the naval power and propulsion systems specialist based in Beloit, Wisc., confirmed an agreement with Ideal Electric Company (IDEAL), the familiar Ohio manufacturer of high-power, specialty electric motors, generators, and related equipment, "to serve as IDEAL’s exclusive naval field service provider," according to a press release from FMD, adding it will "provide maintenance and global field services for IDEAL’s motors and generators that are already installed or will be installed on naval ships worldwide."




“We see this as a great fit with two American manufacturers coming together, strengthening the domestic defense industrial base, and we feel confident that our customers will be well-served by FMD.” Tweet this

“Fairbanks Morse Defense’s extensive field service network and focus on supporting naval customers coupled with The Ideal Electric Company’s legacy of rotating electric expertise and American-made product range is a perfect match for us. We are excited to leverage this in-place capability and provide unparalleled support to our customers when and where they need it,” said Nic Phillips, Vice President of IDEAL. “We see this as a great fit with two American manufacturers coming together, strengthening the domestic defense industrial base, and we feel confident that our customers will be well-served by FMD.”


For more than 100 years, FMD has provided products and services to the Navy. Today, the defense contractor powers more than 80% of the Navy’s ships with medium-speed applications. Similarly, Ideal Electric, a 119-year-old company, has installed generators that are connected to FMD’s backup power engines on many Navy ship classes.


In recent years, FMD has expanded its array of best-in-class marine technologies, OEM parts and turnkey services through expansion and the acquisitions of companies that include Federal Equipment Company (FEC), Hunt Valve, Maxim Watermakers, Research Tool & Die (RT&D), Ward Leonard, and Welin Lambie.

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