Our History

CPI Automation & Control Solutions, serving the Colorado and Rocky Mountain Region since 1948, is now powered by Barr-Thorp. Barr-Thorp Electric Company, a third-generation, family-owned business since 1923, continues to bring consistent delivery of outstanding service, quality products, and expert support.  

Rooted in customer-focused solutions, Barr-Thorp and CPI converted into high-tech distributors in the 1980s, offering solutions to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), system integrators, and industrial users. In 2018, Barr-Thorp and CPI combined into one company with strong electrical automation manufacturers partnerships, decades of experience, and an industry edge in supplying products requiring engineering assistance for proper selection and installation.  

Barr-Thorp and CPI work hard to ensure your operation is running with optimum performance and sustainability. We offer expertise in applying the best technology to improve production flow. Whether you are an OEM in need of new ideas or a plant engineer trying to fix an ongoing problem, we will figure it out with nearly a century of excellence behind us.

Barr-Thorp and CPI boast six locations in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Colorado. We believe that outsourcing can be avoided through the implementation of the right technology. Give us a call, and we’ll help you improve quality, lower costs and become more profitable.

Our Mission

Our Company Values

  • Ethical Professionalism
  • Customer Service that Exceeds Expectations
  • Partnership Relationships
  • Providing Solutions
  • Providing a Quality Workplace Environment

CPI, powered by Barr-Thorp Electric: Your Business Partner

  • We view ourselves as partners with our customers and by combining in-house engineering with product expertise, we are able to help our customers deliver on time and on budget.


Our experienced staff of sales and technical support engineers will help you navigate our diverse product line representing over 50 manufacturers. CPI is an ACE Certified Schneider Electric controls and automation supplier and is a nationally recognized Phoenix Contact automation distributor. CPI‘s product offering includes everything you need to build your industrial control application, from Hoffman and Rittal enclosures to Idec HMI controls.


CPI helps engineers and purchasing agents find the industrial automation and electric motor control products they need for process automation, machine control, power distribution and monitoring applications.


CPI Automation & Control Solutions is a full line Electrical Distributor providing industrial automation and control solutions to the Colorado Front Range and beyond since 1948.