An automation solutions company helping manufacturers compete for over 40 years

Our Background

Cates Control Systems has been providing automation and control products to manufacturing companies for over 40 years. In 1978 Gordon Cates founded the company as a DC and Eddy current service company in Houston, Texas. Since that time Cates has evolved into an automation solutions company with engineering, fabrication, product and application expertise. Our company has always focused on providing customers with exceptional service.

Our First Job Is, and Always Will Be,
to Listen to Our Customers!

Our Late Founder Gordon Cates

Key Company Milestones

  • 1978 Cates founded by Gordon Cates
  • 1982 Opened office in Dallas
  • 1995 Moved Dallas office to larger location in Plano
  • Plano office UL 508A & UL 598A Certified
  • 2000 System Integration division split out as I2R
  • 2006 Achieved CSIA Certification
  • 2010 Moved Houston office to larger location in Webster
  • 2013 Control Engineering’s Systems Integrator of the Year
  • 2015 Increased Plano manufacturing space by 10,000 sq. ft
  • 2020 Control Engineering System Integrator Giants list
  • Houston office UL508A Certified
  • Cates and I2R combined

Cates and I2R Have Merged

Cates and I2R are now the same company! This merge allows us to offer you a full range of services – from the time you begin considering a project all the way through project completion when you need support services. Our drive and motor experts can specify the best products for your project, and we maintain direct relationships with top vendors for product sourcing. We look forward to fulfilling all of your manufacturing needs through this combined company.

Focus on Technology

As an automation solutions company, technology is the core of our business. Our attention to service matches the technological pursuits of the product manufacturers we represent. This means a globally local presence, customer service, support, expertise, various tools and a technical partnership to give you added value as a customer, designer or end user.

You can expect us to understand your business, your process and your needs from A to Z. We know from experience how to increase your production capacity, improve your product quality, reduce waste and lower your maintenance costs. Our dedicated experts speak your language and can offer the quickest route to a profitable solution, without forgetting personnel safety and environmental responsibility.

Product Expertise

We have a thorough knowledge of your applications from pumps, fans and compressors through to conveyors, extruders, winders and marine applications. In your plant, our expertise extends across entire installations from correct selection, dimensioning and installation through to operation and maintenance of drives, PLCs, motors, transformers, relays, switches and contractors and all the way to transducers and meters. Optimal choices not only save energy, but also reduce the application’s maintenance needs.

Locations and Industries

With locations in Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio, Cates is positioned to service your needs. We serve a variety of industries; so regardless of your industry, chances are we can offer a solution to fit your needs.

Company Culture

At Cates Control Systems our company culture is firmly rooted in the values of honesty, integrity, reliability and commitment. Our motto is “Do the right thing, even when no one is looking.” At Cates Control Systems we define who we are by the Principles that we use in our business relationships.

Principles We Use In Our Business Relationships

  • Integrity Cates Control Systems commits “to do what we say we will do.” If that commitment is in jeopardy, we will immediately work with all involved to get back on schedule.
  • Commitment When we agree to a plan, we focus on implementing it.
  • Teamwork We choose to work together and depend on each other in order to implement the plan.
  • Proactive No matter how small a problem may seem — fixing it now — is the only solution.
  • Attitude We choose to be positive!
  • Relentless We are relentless in that we will not back down from the pursuit of excellence in every aspect of our business.
  • Dissent We feel an atmosphere of respectful and courteous dissent generates the greatest amount of creativity, which is our competitive edge.
  • Improvement We embrace mistakes as opportunities which lead to improvements that we need to attain excellence.
  • Do Unto Others When we see another team member not living up to these principles, we confront them privately. We expect them to do the same.
  • Order Processes are necessary to achieve excellence. We will work within and help improve them.
  • Discipline We replace blame and second guessing with constructive problem solving.
  • Responsibility We accept the responsibilities of our position and know we are accountable to meet our obligations.

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What Our Clients Have To Say!

I just wanted to reach out to you to thank you and your team for all the hard work and excellent implementation you have done with our Concertor control panels. We really appreciate it. We are very pleased with your diligence and very importantly your responsiveness. It is a pleasure working with you all. Now looking forward to a strong partnership with each other into the future. Keep up the good work!
Peter D.
I just wanted to say that the extra programming I2R was tasked with (unload throttle/ unload and mezz jam counters) have already been utilized and proven very effective in being able to control our building as well as a tool to identifying jam issues. Your crew did an outstanding job!!! I just wanted to say thanks.
Frank V.
I wanted to take a moment to say thank you for your hard work and dedication to this project. This past weekend was a successful and what I would call “refreshing” weekend conversion…When your team completes a job like this you not only meet my expectations but the Purple promise of FedEx Ground. As we continue this project and more challenging conversions ahead continue to build on these principles and we will all be successful.
Jonathan S.
I have enjoyed being in this class. Lee is very knowledgeable. Kept me interested in the subject by his passion. I feel it is very important to laugh and Lee has done a wonderful job with mixing course curriculum with humorous & interesting stories of past jobs.
Vinny M.
Had a great time in class. Fast, but good. Everyone at the facility was very welcoming and friendly.
Rebecca O.H.
I try to always comment on exceptional service whenever I experience it. I would like to commend Scott Valchar for the excellent service he provides to ARC Specialties. The ARC personnel have come to depend on Scott for top quality equipment, service and technical assistance. From my 26 years in the business of building machines, I know how rare it is to find a technically competent salesman. Scott keeps us informed on new products without pressuring us to buy. His professionalism and upbeat attitude is much appreciated. At ARC Specialties we try to provide solutions, not just hardware. We have come to rely on Scott in that same way. Keep up the good work.
Daniel A.