Since 1992, we have always believed that taking the time to ask the right questions can help get the job done better and faster. In this way, Bay Power provides a service that manufacturers and electrical distributors can’t. When you deal with Bay Power, you get the knowledge and experience to make certain that you get the right part—whether new, used or obsolete—for the circumstance you’re using it for. And if you need it in the middle of the night, we can accommodate that, too.
We don’t just sell circuit breakers, motor controls, switchgear and more—we provide end-to-end solutions for the constantly evolving electrical industry.
Do you have the model number of the part you need? Check out our new inventory from the most trusted names in the business like Square D, General Electric, FPE, Siemens, and Cutler Hammer. You can even buy them online. Would you prefer something used? Our testing facilities and process means you can be confident you’re getting a functional piece of equipment. Working on outdated technology? Bay Power’s 30 years of experience and commitment to customer satisfaction means we can provide information you can’t find anywhere else; definitely not a catalogue!
In addition to the experience we’ve attained in the past, we also look toward the future to continue to innovate. As a UL 508A-certified panel shop (the stringent standard for industrial control panels), if we don’t have what you need in our massive inventory of tens of thousands of parts in one of our four warehouses, we can build it. We also buy used equipment to recycle and keep out of the landfill—help the environment by helping yourself!
Bay Power is committed to getting you the right parts at the right price—delivered fast. Tell us about your job today.
Chairman of the Board & CFO
Before Donna founded Bay Power in early 1992 (formerly known as Bay Breakers) she spent the better part of two decades racking up experience in various aspects of the electrical supply industry. Starting out as a receptionist, she worked her way into every department in the supply house world, from purchasing, to operations management, outside sales, and everything in between.
In an industry that has always been predominantly male she embraced the challenge of opening one of the first female-owned supply companies in the nation. The goal was to serve an obvious need in the marketplace, but more importantly to create a company with a strong family atmosphere - an extended family, if you will, that her children and grandchildren would be proud to carry on after her.
In a blink of an eye 25 years have flown by and Donna's certified Woman-owned Small Business remains very family oriented. She's transitioned from the CEO role to CFO and focuses most of her time on the accounting and financial side of things. She works closely with her sons on a daily basis on various organizational projects and makes it a point to treat all employees like family, including some of her grandchildren, who also happen to work at a few of the company's locations.
Donna enjoys spending most of her time outside of work with many of the same family members and friends she sees at work. Whether it be a family barbeque, a birthday party, a soccer game, you name it. She'll also crochet a mean blanket for you if you ask nicely.
The electrical supply industry is all Tyson has really ever known, starting out part time in the family business during summer break as a teenager in high school, while also working part time with an electrical contractors union for field experience. He decided to join the family business full time in 2003.
Tyson quickly found his niche in the organization, focusing heavily on the warehouse and tech room operations, finding ways to improve efficiencies and maintain a high level of quality. This focus led to a reorganization of the warehouse, new shelving, lighting, test equipment, and improved procedures to help boost the company's capabilities. Within a couple years he found himself applying his vision to all branches in the organization, in addition to helping with sales and purchasing.
In 2013 Tyson took on the role of Vice President for the company and continued to oversee quality control and warehouse operations before being named President two short years later. He now works closely with branch managers and technical personnel to ensure consistency and quality standards across all shop locations, with an emphasis on training and certifications.
In his spare time Tyson enjoys getting out and riding dirt bikes, wake boarding, snow boarding, back packing, and just about anything else that gets him outdoors. He's also a huge fan of the San Jose Sharks, 49ers and other Bay Area sports teams.
Tom spent several years in outside sales before finally joining the family business in 1998. He used that sales experience immediately to help drive growth around the company's regional headquarters. Within a few years he moved into the position of VP of Marketing and focused his efforts on bringing the company online and generating sales through the internet.
Roughly 11 years after joining the team Tom took on the title of President of the company. Much of his focus has remained on marketing, technology and business development but he also has his sights set on expansion opportunities. After a couple of successful mergers, the company now has multiple locations in Northern California as well as Fort Worth, Texas. He also drove the opening of the new warehouse location in Roseville, CA, which opened its doors to the public in late 2013.
Running a successful family-owned and operated business requires a solid foundation. Tom (now the company's CEO) works closely with Tyson (President) and Donna (CFO) to ensure the business is constantly moving in the right direction, achieving strong growth while maintaining a family business culture.
When he isn't at work, Tom enjoys spending quality time with his family.
Deep roots in the electrical industry
Roy Butcher, Donna Butcher’s grandfather, started his career in the electrical industry in San Jose as sole proprietor of Roy M. Butcher Electric. As an electrical contractor in his early days, he would arrive at job sites via bicycle, eventually graduating to a Ford Model A.
Powering the Bay Area
Roy Butcher receives his electrical contractor’s license, just the fourth contractors license issued in California! He worked on many highrises and large commercial buildings in the Bay Area, and even provided electrical work during construction of the Bay Bridge.
A fresh start for Donna
Donna Butcher, never involved in her grandfather’s business, struck out on her own and created Bay Breakers—an electrical supplier specializing in circuit breakers. Her early clients were electrical distributors and contractors in San Jose, though she quickly expanded to nationwide markets.
Evolution of the family business
Tom Butcher, Donna’s son and now CEO of Bay Power, came on board in the sales and marketing department. In a very short time, Tom lead the development of a custom-built computer system for ordering that revolutionized how the company handled orders. Tyson, another of Donna’s sons and now President, came on shortly after in the warehouse department. Showing an aptitude for engineering, Tyson increased their standards and of their testing and repair capabilities.
Expansion to the Central Valley
Donny Futch, Donna’s late son, came to her with the idea to start another branch of the company in Modesto, where he built it from the ground up.
Bay Power makes a mark
The Butcher family re-launched their company under the current brand, Bay Power, with four locations in two states. In addition to supplying new, used, and obsolete circuit breakers to thousands of organizations nationwide, Bay Power is now a UL 508A Listed panel shop. The name Bay Power represents a broad range of expertise, experience, and innovation in the electrical industry.