About Us

Plimoth Bay Controls, LLC was formed to fulfill a commitment to bringing sophisticated low-cost energy saving lighting control systems to the large underserved small and medium sized market segments. Two of the three founders have a combined for more than 50 years of experience operating an Energy Service Company serving medium and large commercial, industrial and municipal customers.

Upon receiving the task of developing a lighting control system for a national customer with an extremely aggressive return on investment requirement in 2007, the founders soon discovered that there we no commercially available options to meet the customer’s strict specifications. Consequently, they set out to develop a system which did not require utilization of sophisticated and expensive software and licensing fees, could be easily field customized in order to reach a broad market and most importantly, was easy to install and commission.

Upon teaming up with the third partner in 2009 who has decades of experience developing web servers, Plimoth Bay Control, LLC was officially formed in 2010. Within two years of its founding, PBC had added wireless HVAC control to their lighting management system and had customers in nine states. In 2014 PBC received a patent for its innovative network control system and Node Synch Technology. Additionally, they received certification for OpenADR 2.0b from the OpenADR Alliance and added control of Variable Frequency Drives to their innovative energy management systems.

Automation and Control Industry Experts and Engineers

James J. Killion


James J. Killion is an engineer specializing in energy management at the firm J & R Energy Services, Inc. located in Plymouth Massachusetts where he’s began working as a co-op student in 1984. Upon earning his degree in Electronics Engineering Technology in 1986, James was responsible for project management and engineering for all commercial and industrial electrical projects. In the late 1980’s James created an energy management division within J & R for the express purpose of working with local utilities to help commercial and industrial customers reduce their energy consumption. By the late 1990’s, J & R had completed it’ first million dollar conservation project which consisted of HVAC, domestic HW, natural gas conversion, lighting and a full building energy management system. James is an avid skier, cyclist, wind surfer and scuba diver. He also is a long standing member of his town’s Zoning Board of Appeals and is currently serving as the Chairman. In addition, he is also an elected representative for the Town of Sandwich, Massachusetts to the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates which is the legislative branch of regional government.

Stephen A. Hall


Stephen has over 25 years of experience in product design, software programming as well as product manufacturing and testing. In 1981, he began his career at Hughes Aircraft Company in Tucson Arizona as an Electronic Test Engineer responsible for testing military missile systems. In 1988, Stephen took a position with a startup company in Massachusetts to design and develop mobile communications equipment. Since that time he has worked with several companies such as Siemens Medical Systems, Keithley Instruments, Lucent Technologies designing products, software and test equipment. Over the years Stephen has accrued extensive product design, manufacturing and supervisory experience working with industrial controls, telecommunications switching systems, data acquisition systems, medical devices, RF/microwave communications equipment, embedded microprocessors, military and commercial hybrid microelectronics. Stephen graduated from the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth, MA with his degree in Electrical Engineering and serves as a member on the University’s College of Engineering’s Industrial Advisory board.

John R. Funderburk


John is an electrical contractor, who, licensed as a Master Electrician in the state of Massachusetts, formed J&R Industrial Wiring in 1983. He received his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth in 1986, commuting to night school for several years to fulfil the degree requirements. Born and raised on a farm in Raleigh, NC, Mr. Funderburk settled in Plymouth, MA after his marriage to Jane (McBain) in 1978. In 2010, he and two partners formed Plimoth Bay Controls, LLC., the express purpose being to develop and market electrical controls targeted at the energy conservation industry. In addition to his primary occupation, Mr. Funderburk is an active member of the Massachusetts Electrical Contractors Association, having served as president for four years of this statewide organization. He is at present a sitting member on both the Massachusetts Electrical Interpretations Subcommittee and the Massachusetts Electrical Code Advisory Committee. John and his wife Jane, a high school chemistry teacher, both enjoy taking a cruise to anyplace warm (typically the Caribbean) during school vacation week in February.

Customers and Partners Saving Energy

We have some great customers and partners that are having great experiences and savings with us.
“Addressable lighting control systems like this one have a lot of potential for energy savings and carbon footprint reductions.” Over 500,000 kilowatt-hours, 45% power, saved.  Learn More Thomas Coughlin

Commercial Industrial Lighting Program Manager, National Grid

“The coaches like it. There are no dark areas, which you might expect with HID lighting. We achieved dollar savings and a better quality of light. I’m very satisfied.” Learn More Brian Nogueira

Supervisor of Buildings, Grounds, and Maintenance, Silver Lake Regional School District

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