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History

As a master distributor and provider of quality power solutions, HM Cragg has built a reputation as the company that delivers innovation to aid and satisfy its customers. Our quality people, exceptional products and 100% employee-owned company are our most valuable assets.


HM Cragg has grown since it was incorporated in 1968 and continues to thrive as an employee-owned company. Our product base has expanded delivering an innovative and complex level of value-added services.

HM Cragg History Timeline 1960's 1970's 1980's 1990's 2000's 2010's

1960

1968 In September of 1968 Harold M. Cragg went into business as a Manufacturer’s Rep for American Monarch and LaMarche. The company began selling C&D Standby & Motive Power batteries and products out of a small shared warehouse space in southeast Minneapolis.
1968 Later that year Bill Ruva joined Harold Cragg and they brought K.W. Batteries and Hertner Chargers on as additional vendors.
1969 HM Cragg was incorporated.

1970

1970 HM Cragg obtained exclusive C&D product line and dropped all others.
1977 Roger Blenkush was hired as a salesman and is still with HM Cragg today in Standby Sales.
1977 Dale Jones was hired as a salesman and is still with HM Cragg today in Sales and 3-phase UPS.

1980

1981 Began selling Anderson Power Products, Curtis Instruments, and MTC (Sackett).
1985 Entered the UPS market by selling Exide Electronics product (later bought out by Powerware and then Eaton)
1987 Harold Cragg formed two additional companies—DC Batteries and Cragg Railcharger.
1988 Harold Cragg sold majority of company stock to Ben Platter.

1990

1990 Main product lines were C&D and Exide Electronics. Launched UPS battery inspections business.
1995 Began providing standby installation service for utility companies.
1996 Added United Power, Emergency Lighting, and F.W. Dodge.
1997 Performed Motive Power inspections.
1998 Accepted Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). Ben Platter sold company to employees.

2000

2000 Added PDI product line.
2002 Added Edison Minit-Charger line.
2004 Sold Motive Power Division.
2004 Moved to our current location at 7674 Washington Avenue South in Eden Prairie.
2006 Added additional warehouse space in Eden Prairie.
2006 Became Master Distributor for Eaton Corp.
2007 External Board members retained in addition to internal Board members
2008 Added new product lines from Eaton Electrical, MGE, Acumentrics, Myers Power Products, Accratech, Airrex, Oneac, Packet Power, and Rittal.
2009 Added East Coast distribution center in Raleigh, NC.
2009 Added Eaton ePDU line (formerly Pulizzi). Opened an additional office in Sioux Falls, SD.

2010

2010 Dropped Anderson Power Products line, added office space & warehouse in Eden Prairie MN, Added additional distribution center in Reno NV
2011 Featured in regional ESOP conference, Business development expanded from domestic to foreign, Added Falcon UPS and IT Watchdogs as new product partners. Dropped Oneac and Sperian products from line card.
2011 Added an additional distribution center in Reno, Nevada
2013 On May 23, 2013, HM Cragg founder Harold Cragg passed away at age 91
2013 June: HM Cragg relocates headquarters to a larger facility in Edina, MN. Our distribution center space went from 11,000 sq feet to 27,000 square feet!
2013 July: In an effort to serve others HMC sent a group of five HM Cragg employees on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic for a week.