The oldest predecessor company of PAC opened its first office in Toledo, Ohio in 1996, with the vision to become a high quality, low cost supplier of plant automation and information management systems, by deploying qualified resources and proven technologies. That beginning was a response to a major chemical company that expressed a real need for competent, qualified and experienced automation resources, with expertise in PLC, HMI, SCADA, Batch and database development. Additional needs included resources knowlegeable about the ISO certification process and resources local to metro Detroit. In 1999, the move was made to Ida, Michigan to provide support for customers in Michigan, Ohio and the surrounding area providing automation and plant intelligence solutions to the food & beverage, water & wastewater and general manufacturing industires. In 2005, we merged with PAC Solutions in Kalamazoo, Michigan. PAC Solutions had positioned itself as the preferred supplier of resources for SCADA and Batch projects for a major pharmaceutical customer in that area.

Key Leadership
President, Control Systems Engineer, PE, CAP, CCST3
Steve Biela has over thirty years of experience in automation and controls integration. After graduating from the University of Toledo, with a BSCSE in Engineering, Steve pursued a role at AVCA Corporation where he was a Senior Designer. In 1996, Steve formulated Saturn Engineering, LLC where he spent almost nine years working with clients in the general manufacturing industry. In 2005, Steve joined PAC Solutions out of Kalamazoo as a Senior Engineer. In 2012 Steve bought the assets of PAC Solutions and formed PAC Engineering. At the same time, Steve reconnected with an esteemed colleague from AVCA Corporation, Jim Shortridge. Together they relocated the company to Lambertville, MI and transformed into PAC Engineering.

Senior Project Manager, Control Systems Engineer
Jim comes to PAC with over forty years of experience in controls and automation. After graduating from the University of Toledo with a BSEE, Systems, Jim started his career at Teledyne CAE. In 1993, Jim accepted a role at AVCA corporation where he gained experience in the Food & Beverage, Glass, Chemical/Petroleum and General Manufacturing industries. Jim served as President of PAC Soltions after his days of AVCA, before moving into a role with The SSOE Group. In 2012, Jim reconnected with Steve Biela to re-launch PAC Engineering. Jim has an extensive background in classical Electrical Contols covering system engineering and design. He has significant experience in instrumentation, calibration, conduit/wiring, panels, PLCs and SCADA platforms. SI for GEFanuc Proficiy Suite, Wonderware Suite, and IConics. Significant experience in the Allen Bradley software family including RSLinx, RSLogix family, and RSView. More recently he has moved into Plant and Business intelligence area working with MES oferings by GEFanuc (Plant Applications). Currently is addressing MES opportunities with Wonderware and Iconics. Jim’s specialties include, Project Management, Startup Coordination, GEFANUC Plant Applications MES Applications, Short and Long Term Manufacturing Strategic Planning in automation and MES fields.

Your success depends on partnering with companies that can deliver the results your desire. PAC has the quality people and systems in place to provide you with solutios that will allow you to better manage your business. The benefits of working with PAC Engineering are all centered on our experience and competency within your industry. We’ve built trust among our clients to know that when they work with PAC, they’re working with the best. We’ve worked hard to build this trust through quality work, flexibility and responsiveness making our commitment to great client services a core value. We are able to customize work based on your needs and can work with you to fulfill your goals. One of our goals is to reduce your dependency on the use of outside resource and know that when a control system is installed, you are in good hands. We make the designs of your systems simple, yet elegant. We work with our clients to truly learn their installed systems so they have the control and knowledge at their fingertips.

Quality Systems

It’s not enough to say we deliver a quality product; we deliver a quality product because our quality system is based on GAMP (Good Automated Manufacturing Practice) and does not allow us to deliver anything less. Many things can affect quality throughout the project life-cycle. At PAC, quality starts with the proposal and continues through to project closeout.

Proposal Process

The Proposal Process clearly communicates the scope of work. One of the most important elements of a project to get right up-front is matching expectations between PAC and the customer.

Design Process

The Design Process delivers what the scope of work defines.

Quality and Project Plan

The goal of the Quality and Project Plan is to communicate all project objectives to the project team.

Testing Process

All required functionality is tested within the Testing Process.

Change Control Process

The Change Control Process captures all changes requested to the original scope of work and how PAC will execute the project to make it successful.

Disaster Recovery Process

This process safeguards all electronic data.

Security Process

The Security Process protects the confidentiality of all client information.


KepwareCompany We KeepThe company we keep demonstates our ability to leverage the resources of industry focus groups such as the GAMP Forum and the JETT Consortium, Professional organizations such as NSPE, IEEE, ISA, and industry leaders such as Wonderware, Intellution, Rockwell, and Iconics

Tradeshows & Events

At PAC, we always make efforts to stay informed on current technologies and methods, as well as inform others. Visit our upcoming speaking engagements and trade shows.

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3608 Sterns Road
Lambertville, MI 48144

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