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Motor City Electric: Complete Electrical Construction Est. 1952


Fountain SubstationPlymouth, MI

Fountain substation involved construction of a new Class A 40-13.2KV substation from the ground up. MCE had to clear the site, which was densely populated with trees and brush, and then lay underground footings, conduits and grounding. Installation required 20 MVA transformers, two 3MVAR capacitors and one switchgear building. All overhead cable bus, high-voltage feeders and control cables interconnecting the distribution equipment were also installed and terminated by MCE. In addition, site work — including asphalt work, lawn/tree work and fencing — was coordinated by MCE.

Detroit/Windsor TunnelDetroit, MI

This challenging project involved the complete removal of the existing electrical service and equipment, including a two-phase conversion from 2.4KV to 4.8KV. This also involved devising a temporary system to make both the Canadian and American sides compatible at all times. The scope of work included the installation of a SCADA monitoring and controls system to allow for complete control of the facility from a central station. Other work included new incoming primary feeders, 4.8KV switchgear, 4.8KV to 480-volt transformers, 480-volt power panels and a 480-volt variable-speed drive unit for 480-volt fan motors.

Kohler Rental Power – Temporary Service for the 2004 Ryder Cup event W. Bloomfield, MI

Motor City Electric was contacted by Kohler Rental Power to do the temporary electrical and power service for the 2004 Ryder Cup held at Oakland Hills Country Club in Michigan. We were in charge of supervising the layout of temporary cables and making hard terminations and grounding for this worldwide event. Throughout the course of the event, MCE terminated over 75 generators, many air conditioning units, portable restrooms and kitchen and food preparation areas.

University of Detroit – Central Energy Plant/Primary Electrical Service RetrofitDetroit, MI

MCE provided design and build electrical services for a new central energy plant for the University of Detroit. Electrical feeds were designed and installed for new chillers, cooling towers, primary and secondary chilled water pumps, condensate pumps and other miscellaneous mechanical equipment for a complete and fully functional system. New lighting and convenience power systems were also provided in the renovated warehouse adjacent to the powerhouse that became the hub of the new energy plant. A concurrent phase to the project was to design and install a new primary service to support the new energy plant and to provide the University with a dedicated primary electrical room per modern day codes and standards. New lighting, convenience power and grounding systems were included. Civil upgrades to the building were coordinated and performed. In addition, new power factor correction was designed and provided to help alleviate the University’s power factor problem.

Installation of Remote Terminal Units and Transformer Monitoring SystemsVarious sites throughout Michigan

MCE was contracted by Patrick Engineering on behalf of the International Transmission Co. to make SCADA upgrades at 150 substations throughout Michigan. Among other related equipment, new remote terminal units, processors, GPS clocks, annunciators, battery equipment, antennas, horns and relays were installed. New control, power and communication feeds were installed to interconnect the new equipment. Excavation through our subsidiary, Detroit Excavation, Inc. was needed to provide dedicated raceways for SBC’s new frame-relay network. In addition to the SCADA upgrades, new GE Tmedic transformer monitoring control systems were installed on 41 ITC owned transformers. A turnkey installation was provided that included the installation of control and power equipment, cabling, excavation, concrete work and grounding.

Henry Ford Community CollegeDearborn, MI

Motor City Electric Co. was chosen to provide and install a new site-wide 13,200V primary system for the entire campus of Henry Ford Community College. This required the installation of 20,000 feet of new underground primary cable and new double-throw primary switches, plus new substation transformers and switchgear. This project required careful coordination to prevent outages and downtime for the facility.

Henry Ford MUSEUM AND Greenfield VillageDearborn, MI

Motor City Electric Service Group was selected to assist in the electrical renovation of historic Greenfield Village, located in Dearborn, Michigan. The renovation of the facility took place during the winter off season, from September to May, 2003. During those months, the entire layout of the park was changed and many historic buildings were relocated. Electrically, we provided over 100,000 feet of new underground electrical duct banks and installed over 125 new decorative street lights, including the bases and control wiring. In addition, we installed the park’s sound system. On an added note, MCE also donated over $50,000 to assist in the renovation.

Michigan State Fair Temporary PowerDetroit, MI

Motor City Electric Co. has supported the Michigan State Fair for over 15 years, providing temporary power, lighting and maintenance for this annual event. In addition, we have responded throughout the years to any 24-hour emergency service or repairs needed to maintain this historic facility.

DaimlerChrysler Corporation Warren Stamping Plant – Power Upgrade ProjectWarren, MI

Motor City Electric was selected to provide and install a new plant-wide primary power system for the DaimlerChrysler Warren Stamping Plant. The project consisted of the replacement of 29 3000A and 4000A substations and 26,000 feet of 15KV interlocked armor cable, including trays, along with the complete renovation of the primary switchhouse. MCE also added an additional incoming primary lineup and feed to provide three sources of power interlocked together to supply the plant with only two feeds. All work was completed without interruption to the plant’s production schedule.

American Axle Plant Equipment InstallationDetroit, MI

Over the years, Motor City Electric has provided American Axle Manufacturing with the necessary labor, materials, and equipment to provide electrical power and control wiring for many of their facilities’ production equipment, including washers, lathes, robots, grinders and conveyor systems. Much of the work performed for American Axle is done during limited holiday and plant shutdown periods.