The ITE Circuit Breaker Company, named for the innovative oil-dashpot inverse time element on its electro-mechanical circuit breaker trip devices, was founded in the 1890’s in Philadelphia, PA. A merger in the 1960’s changed the name to the ITE Imperial Company.
      ITE was an innovator in the electrical industry creating the first stored energy low- and medium-voltage circuit breakers. It also was the first to create 5 kilovolt (kV) air magnetic circuit breakers. Manufacturing a complete line of low- and medium-voltage indoor and outdoor products in addition to high-voltage circuit breakers and switches, ITE was know for technical innovation and engineering excellence. The American operations of ABB continue the strong engineering and innovation that was a tradition of the ITE Circuit Breaker Company.

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