Liebert keeps its cool in the face of a power meltdown. The company designs, makes and markets surge suppressors, uninterruptable power supply (UPS) units, precision cooling equipment, enclosures, and monitoring equipment that helps protect and support IT environments. Its products are used by companies in the communications, government, industrial, and utilities sectors. Liebert, which also provides support services, sells directly and through independent and factory-direct representatives, distributors, and resellers. Customers have included BayCare Health System, Terminix, and Hess Corporation. Founded in 1965, Liebert is part of Emerson Network Power, a business segment of Emerson Electric.
As part of one of Emerson Electric's largest business segments, Liebert joins well-known industry brands like ASCO, Astec, and Artesyn. Together their products offer a one-stop shop for data center protection. Innovation underpins Liebert's contribution; its industry firsts include a range of UPS technologies, along with precision cooling and high-density cooling systems.
The company's operations date back to 1946, when entrepreneur and inventor Ralph Liebert established Capital Refrigeration Industries. Capital specialized in refrigeration equipment for emerging technologies. Cooling mainframe computer rooms assumed more importance as the company grew.
Ralph Liebert built the first prototype for cooling electronics and previewed it for IBM. The computer company made arrangements for Liebert to unveil the new system at the World Computer Conference in 1965. The presentation led to a batch of orders and the creation of Liebert Corp.
In the following years Capital Refrigeration Industries and Liebert Corp. operated out of the same facilities. Liebert Corp. later formed a subsidiary, Conditioned Power Corporation, to target the problem of inconsistent power in data processing. Conditioned Power became a division of Liebert Corp. in 1981.
Larry Liebert, Ralph's son, took over as the company's president in 1980 and took the company public in 1981. Liebert Corp. acquired Programmed Power from Franklin Electric in 1983, adding the uninterruptible power supply business. Emerson Electric acquired Liebert Corp. in 1987, and the company became part of Emerson Network Power in 2000. – less