About Bay City Electric Works

Bay City Electric Works is a premier KOHLER distributor of emergency generator systems, automatic transfer switches and paralleling switchgear.


“Our goal is to become the finest generator systems supplier in Southern California. We are building a winning team, with the most experienced technicians, most knowledgeable staff, and commitment to providing total power solutions to our customers,” said Mark Loftin, President and CEO.

Mark Loftin is the founder of Loftin Equipment Company, an industrial engine and generator distributor based in Phoenix, Arizona, with branches in Texas and Nevada. Joining Mark Loftin in ownership of Bay City Electric Works are Rodney Lee, President and COO and Charles Loftin, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.


Bay City was founded in 1932 and in 1997, was honored by Kohler Co. as Generator Distributor of the Year.

Our History


Bob and Leola Norris opened Bay City Electric Works, Inc. in 1932. The business was located on University Avenue near 38th Street, in San Diego, and was centered on small appliance repair.


On July 2, 1984, the assets of Bay City Electric Works, Inc. were purchased by CDS Electric, Inc., a newly formed California Corporation owned by Wilmer Spitzer, Wally Dier and Tom Claycomb.


On January 1, 1986, all outstanding stocks were acquired by Tom Claycomb.


In 1988, the corporation name was changed to Bay City Electric Works, Inc.


In the year 1997 we were given the honor of being the Distributor of the Year for Kohler Company. Kohler Generators in San Diego has become the foundation for sales growth.


On November 5, 2001 we moved into a new and much larger facility at 12208 Industry Road in Lakeside, CA.


In 2007, Mark Loftin, President and CEO of Loftin Equipment Co., announced the acquisition of Bay City Electric Works.


In the beginning of 2012, we moved once again into our new corporate headquarters at 13625 Danielson Street in Poway, CA where we now have a total of 70 employees.

Throughout the last decade, the business has continued to grow. Major markets now center around the sales, service, and rental of standby generator systems, portable generators, RV generators, industrial engines, electric motors and associated equipment. Customers include individuals, building contractors, industrial plants, city and county governments, utility companies, and the military.


Since 2007, Loftin Equipment Co. and Bay City Electric Works have been working together to provide power for those who need it, from California to Texas. Even though these are two separate brands, they share many resources for training and quality of products. Each is a qualified KOHLER distributor and together, they bring the same level of customer service and expertise, as well as the top generators and engines available, to customers across the Southwest.



We care about our employees and their growth and know the success of our company is highly based on the success of our employees. If you are looking for a great place to work and learn with the highest level of training available, find out if Bay City has any career opportunities that fit your skills.




Bay City Electric Works provides accredited, industry-leading training for its employees through the Bay City training center. Technicians, Sales teams, and Dealer groups of all skill levels get to learn about generator and engine equipment in a classroom and practical lab setting, which results in expert knowledge and hands-on experience. Find out more about the training offered at Bay City Electric Works.