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July 21, 2015 - Saskatoon, Sask., recently hosted the 21st Skills Canada National Competition, where “the best and brightest students and apprentices in skilled trades and technologies were tried, tested and judged”, and EBMag correspondent Mike Edwards was there to take in the action.
July 9, 2015 - Royal Philips has opened its GrowWise Centre at the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, where research is being conducted to provide tailor-made LED light growth recipes that enable producers to “increase their yields and grow tasty and healthy food indoors, all year round”.
July 7, 2015 - Nominations are now open for the Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) 2015 Awards of Excellence, dedicated to the electricity and renewable energy industry workforce.
July 6, 2015 - Schneider Electric Solar Business recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of the company’s $15 million MicroGrid Lab in Burnaby, B.C.
June 23, 2015 - The administrator of Canada’s Red Seal Program—the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA)—announced the official recognition of the RSE acronym (Red Seal Endorsement) for qualified skilled journeypersons.
June 17, 2015 - With the proliferation of new energy technologies—from distributed generation to wireless charging furniture—research from Accenture finds consumers are becoming increasingly conscious of their energy consumption, with many interested in solutions that help them save electricity.
July 29, 2015 - Hydro Ottawa (under its subsidiary, Energy Ottawa) has acquired 10 run-of-the-river hydroelectric facilities in Ontario and New York state from Fortis Inc., representing approximately 30.9MW of installed operating energy capacity.
July 24, 2015 - Affiliated Distributors (AD)—a $31-billion contractor and industrial products wholesale buying/marketing group—announced the establishment of AD Canada Plumbing & Heating through a merger with Canaplus Limited Partnership, a buying group in Canada for independent Canadian wholesale distributors of plumbing and heating supplies, and related products.
July 24, 2015 - In a letter addressed to customers, Dick Roney writes: “After a 43-year career in the electrical business, it is time for a younger team to take control and drive the business”. He is selling his agency, Roney Marketing, to Brent Norrey.
July 21, 2015 - Griplock Systems, a market leader in the cable suspension industry since 1992, has announced a new brand for its single conductor powered suspension system: Rincon.
July 21, 2015 - “We are committed to growing in the global wire and cable market. Today, we take another step toward that goal [...]” said Southwire Co. president & CEO Stu Thorn of the company’s move to purchase a high-voltage and extra high-voltage (HV & EHV) underground transmission cable manufacturing plant from ABB Inc., thereby adding EHV cable products to Southwire’s portfolio.
July 21, 2015 - Plan Group Inc., a Canadian technical services provider and subsidiary of Bouygues Energies & Services, says it has fully acquired Gastier M.P. Inc. from Investissements Hexagone Inc.
July 31, 2015 - Tim Donovan has been appointed vice president and chief financial officer of Power Generation Services – GE Power & Water.
July 29, 2015 - Ideal Industries (Canada Corp.) has promoted Heather Jackson to key account manager. In her new role, Jackson will be responsible for the sales, sales planning, marketing, and relationship management of a number of distributors, the company says.
July 28, 2015 - Alex Bryce has accepted the position of regional sales manager for Nedco West’s B.C. territory.
July 28, 2015 - Ken Clune has been appointed national director of sales for Lafert North America, a Mississauga, Ont.-based supplier of metric motors, gearboxes and pumps.
July 28, 2015 - There’s a new face at E.B. Horsman & Son. Christina Pape has joined the team as the business developer for process instrumentation.
July 27, 2015 - Paul Mathews has returned to Nedco West’s Nanaimo, B.C. location. Matthews returns to the Nedco family after a brief hiatus and brings with him 24 years of industry experience, the company says.
(UPDATED July 20, 2015) June 12, 2015 - “Customers want to touch and feel what they’re buying,” explained Gary Arnott, GE Industrial Solutions’ general manager, North America Sales, “hence the popularity of the Customer Experience Centre.”
June 11, 2015 - It was hot tunes and balloons at Acklands-Grainger’s brand new distribution centre at 21 Merchant Rd. in Caledon, Ont. today. The company, a distributor of industrial, safety and fastener products, hosted its grand opening celebration for the new location, featuring facility tours and a barbecue.
June 3, 2015 - The Sesco team at 51 Vinyl Court (Vaughan, Ont.) held an Industry Party and Tradeshow today, featuring Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, Doug Gilmour, and EBMag was there to take in the action.
June 5, 2015 - The team at Siemens’ Burlington, Ont. facility have earned a big pat of the back after almost 1.3 million safe hours worked without a lost-time incident.
June 4, 2015 - Today, Wesco Distribution Canada LP hosted its second annual Selling Show at its Belgrave, Mississauga location, which included “exclusive” one-week offers from a range of Wesco’s suppliers, a barbecue and the chance to win 1 of 4 grand prizes.
June 2, 2015 - EBMag just returned from Electro-Federation Canada’s annual conference held in Banff, Alta., which was well-attended by Canada’s electrical manufacturers, distributors and sales agents. (Photos A. Capkun)