About Us

Powers of Automation is HEADQUARTERED in beautiful Bend Oregon

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Our Focus

Powers of Automation is an ISO 9001:2015 certified full-service system integrator, providing commissioning, calibration and validation services, complete with high quality documentation.  As a one-stop shop for automation services, POA fills a unique market niche.  We have the capabilities to design, build, test, validate and maintain automated systems and to integrate them with existing customer systems.  

We have an exceptional focus on every customer’s unique requirements and to finding the solution that best meets their needs.  We differentiate ourselves from our competitors by our commitment to quality.  Our business operates under a Quality Management System (QMS).  The QMS requires that we continually assess and improve our processes and ensures that our products and services meet customer expectations.  Additionally, we manage the calibration programs for several of our customers as a trusted partner in their quality management systems.

While we have a strong focus on automated processes in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, we also provide automation services in wood products, municipal water systems, pharmaceutical distribution, food processing, beverage production and general manufacturing.

Our History

Family owned and operated, Powers of Automation started in 1997 in Steve and Edie Powers’ garage.  Within two years, the company grew to add brother Lonnie Powers and wife Edie Powers to the team; both are co-owners and remain integral parts of the business.  

By 2000, POA’s continuing growth necessitated moving from the original garage into an expansive 1,200 sq. ft space.  In 2002, we moved to 3,000 sq. ft. in our current location and have expanded two additional times.  In December 2017, the company owners purchased the 20,000 sq. ft. building that encompasses our current facility. This strategic move was done to ensure that the POA facility can accommodate long-term growth.  Currently we are planning an additional 4,200 sq. ft. expansion.

In 2015, POA expanded into California.  Having locally based employees in the San Francisco Bay area allows POA to provide better and more responsive service to Bay area pharmaceutical and biotech companies.  



"In February 2015, the McKesson drug distribution facility in Memphis, Tennessee experienced a roof collapse due to an ice storm. The damage destroyed the touch screen, power supply and programmable logic controller of a cold storage system, threatening the Center for Disease Control's entire US supply of Vaccines for Children."

"With Steve and Lonnie Powers leading, the entire POA team provided 24/7 support to McKesson. With POA's collaboration, McKesson was able to stabilize the situation, install a new controller and get it operational. In this situation, partnering with the right company saved McKesson from a potential $876,000,000 loss."

Timothy Phelps,
McKesson, Manager of Facilities & Engineering (formerly) 

“We have found this organization a reliable resource for counsel and support with respect to control systems. Furthermore, Powers of Automation has an extensive knowledge of the National Electric Code, which has proven effective in the coordination of electrical systems and control systems.” “We would recommend Powers of Automation on special controls projects.”

Colby Thompson
Tomco Electric, Bend, OR


 As a company, POA financially supports a wide variety of organizations, which include Saving Grace, the Humane Society of Central Oregon, Shepherd’s House, Bethlehem Inn, Special Olympics, Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, Perry Technical Institute Foundation and the Sisters School Foundation.  We also provide an annual sponsorship for a High Desert Droids Team.  POA encourages employees to support community organizations and offers flexible schedules to accommodate employees’ volunteer activities.

As individuals, POA employees have volunteered throughout the Central Oregon community.  Some of our community involvement includes serving on the Board of Directors for Saving Grace, long-time volunteers with the Mt. Bachelor National Ski Patrol, numerous activities with several local churches, coaching a Bend Senior High girls basketball team, volunteering at Bend Senior High School, providing and serving meals at Bethlehem Inn and building adaptive bikes to accommodate special needs kids for Cycles Without Limits.