Sure Grip Controls acquires IEC, opens new BC facility

SureGrip Controls employees cut a ribbon to open the new facility

Sure Grip Controls has opened a new facility in Victoria, British Columbia. 

Located in University of Victoria Properties’ Vancouver Island Technology Park (VITP), Sure Grip’s new facility increases manufacturing space by more than 40 per cent, allowing the company to expand production lines to meet increasing customer demand. 

It also provides the manufacturer of custom controls solutions for heavy equipment with additional space for development and testing of new products and technologies.  

“We are excited about our new electronics facility in Victoria,” said Ken Baker, CEO of Bailey International, Sure Grip Controls’ parent company.

“This new location increases production capacity in one of our fastest growing product lines and represents Bailey’s strong commitment to our electronics business. This facility helps us strengthen our leadership position in electronic controls and will enable additional new product offerings.” 

The new location at VITP leverages the park’s technical and communications infrastructure to enable expanded testing and development capabilities. 

With its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification, being in the VITP also helps Sure Grip Controls maintain its ISO 14001 certification and Vancouver Island Gold Rating for sustainable business practices.

“I am proud of the team that managed the development and launch of this facility and the dedication they showed to bring our second location online,” said Darren Lockyer, Vice President of Bailey International’s Electronics Business Unit. 

“This new facility clearly demonstrates our commitment to helping our customers develop new products and increase their speed to market.” 

Sure Grip Controls acquires IEC

Sure Grip Controls has also acquired Rockford, Illinois-based Industrial Electronic Controls (IEC). 

The acquisition of IEC will expand Sure Grip Control’s product portfolio and provide additional expertise in electronic throttles, displays and sensor manufacturing. 

“Combining IEC’s high-quality products with Sure Grip Controls’ existing portfolio allows us to offer a very broad range of electronic controls products to the market,” Baker said. 

“The addition of IEC’s products will help us fulfill our vision to provide mobile and industrial equipment manufacturers with a full range of products and expand our fingertip-to-tooltip offering.”

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IEC’s electronic throttles, displays and sensors have a reputation for a rugged design and quality control. IEC has extensive design and engineering capabilities combined with more than two decades of experience serving OEM customers. 

“We look forward to providing more products, additional capabilities and continued excellent service to our customers,” Lockyer said. 

Beyond complementary product portfolios, Sure Grip Controls and IEC are both dedicated to developing highly customized controls for heavy equipment applications in agriculture, construction, forestry, transportation and beyond. 

“If there is one company in the mobile electronics control industry that matches our engineering capabilities and approach, it’s Sure Grip Controls,” said Joe Benjamin, Owner of Industrial Electronic Controls.

“I am very excited that Sure Grip shares a very similar culture to IEC of unsurpassed service to their customers, which will make for a smooth and seamless transition for our much-valued customers.”