About Bay City Electric Works

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


Bay City has Sales and Service Centers throughout California to sell KOHLER generators and Outback Power Energy Storage as well as providing generator Service for all brands, generator parts, and on-demand rental generators up to 2000kW. Bay City utilizes a Dealer Network to provide sales and service support for the Residential Generator channel in California, Nevada, and Hawaii.


Our goal is to become the “go to” generator systems supplier in California, Nevada, and Hawaii. 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 Rodney Lee, President.

Bay City was founded in 1932 and has been a KOHLER distributor for over 50 years. Bay City is owned by Rodney Lee (President – Bay City). Bay City was recently honored by Kohler Company as Generator Distributor of the Year in 2015 and Large Systems Distributor of the Year in 2016, 2017, and 2018. Rodney Lee was an Executive with KOHLER POWER prior to joining Bay City in 2007.

For more information about Bay City and its full line of power solutions visit www.bcew.com.

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, Chuck Loftin, and Rodney Lee joined forces to purchase Bay City Electric Works from Tom Claycomb.


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.


Bay City was honored by Kohler Power as their Industrial Distributor of the Year.


Bay City was appointed as a Distributor of Outback Power & Enersys Products in California to begin entry into the energy storage market.


Kohler Power expanded Bay City’s area of responsibility to include Hawaii for Industrial and Residential products.  Rod & Kim Lee and Austin & Kara Lee acquired 100% of Bay City stock by purchasing the Loftin Family shares.

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.


Bay City Electric Works undertakes the task of providing power for those who need it, in California, Nevada and Hawaii. We are a qualified KOHLER distributor and we bring a high level of customer service and expertise, as well as the top generators and engines available.



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.