Martek Chicken SwitchThe acquisition includes the addition of the Chicken Switch® product family to CBS ArcSafe’s lineup of remote racking and switching solutions.

Denton, TX, August 2, 2018 – CBS ArcSafe®, a leading manufacturer of remote racking and switching solutions for low- and medium-voltage switchgear, has acquired select assets of MarTek Limited. MarTek manufactures the Chicken Switch®, a device designed to remotely operate control switches and low- and medium-voltage circuit breakers. The company also makes products that remotely rack common circuit breakers and motor control centers (MCCs), in addition to remote operators for disconnect handles on a variety of MCCs.

“MarTek’s products will strengthen CBS ArcSafe’s ability to provide our customers with quality products that increase the safety of technicians and service personnel,” says Ashley Ledbetter, president of CBS ArcSafe. “MarTek will also benefit from larger sales and service support offered by the Group CBS, Inc., family of affiliate companies.”

Although MarTek will operate as CBS ArcSafe, it will continue operations at its facility in Charleston, WV, with existing personnel under the direction of MarTek principal Russ Safreed, PE.

Details of the transaction were not disclosed. To discuss joining Group CBS’s family of electrical equipment supply, service, and engineering companies, contact Randy Roumillat at 972-250-2500, or visit

About CBS ArcSafe®

CBS ArcSafe offers the electrical industry’s largest inventory of remote racking and switching solutions for low- and medium-voltage switchgear that do not require modification to existing equipment for operation. All our equipment is manufactured in the U.S. at our Denton, TX, and Charleston, WV, manufacturing facilities. CBS ArcSafe offers 24/7/365 emergency support and is happy to develop custom remote racking and switching solutions for customers. Learn more at or, or call 877-4-SAFETY or 800-248-4958.

About Group CBS, Inc.

Headquartered in Addison, TX, Group CBS has affiliated companies throughout the U.S. and an affiliate in the U.K. Group CBS affiliates provide premium products and unparalleled capabilities and services to the industrial, utility, electrical distribution, and repair markets. For more information, visit, or call 972-250-2500.