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Industry News

Eddy and Epitron rule the Canadian roost at AD Spring meeting

April 17, 2014 - North American wholesale marketing group Affiliated Distributors (AD) recently held its annual Electrical Division Spring Network Meeting, where two Canadian distributors—Eddy Group and Epitron—received particular attention for their efforts.

Westinghouse and OPG partner to service global nuclear markets

April 17, 2014 - Through its subsidiary Canadian Nuclear Partners (CNP), Ontario Power Generation Inc. (OPG) and Westinghouse Electric Co. (a group company of Toshiba Corp.) have agreed to work together on a range of nuclear projects globally, including refurbishment, maintenance and outage services, decommissioning and remediation of existing nuclear power plants, and new nuclear power plants.

CenturyVallen undergoes rebranding; meet Vallen!

April 17, 2014 - CenturyVallen (part of the Sonepar Canada family) says it is ready to take the next step in its evolution and enhance its brand; moving forward, CenturyVallen will be known as Vallen.

FLIR and ING robotic aviation to offer advanced IR inspections

April 17, 2014 - Ottawa-based ING Robotic Aviation has selected FLIR (a global player in thermal imaging systems) to develop aircraft for aerial industrial IR inspections and visual gas leak detection.

GALLERY: Nedco Electrifest X (April 2014) Mississauga, Ont.

April 17, 2014 - Earlier this week, Nedco Ontario hosted its Mardi Gras-themed Electrifest (10th edition), which is among the industry’s largest single-day selling shows. The EBMag team always has a blast at this event: besides the food and entertainment, it’s always great meeting with top-notch vendors, friendly Nedco staff and, of course, our valued readers. (Photos A. Capkun & A. Dalton)

BICSI past president Jerry Bowman appointed to INMA board

April 15, 2014 - Jerry L. Bowman—immediate past president and security industry liaison of BICSI—has been appointed to a three-year term on the InfraGard National Members Alliance (INMA) board. The appointment was announced by BICSI, an association dedicated to advancing the information and communications technology (ICT) community.

Cisco’s Connected North enhances schools, healthcare in remote communities

(UPDATED April 11, 2014, with VIDEO) April 8, 2014 - The Government of Nunavut and Cisco Canada have launched Connected North, a program delivering “immersive and interactive education and healthcare services” to remote and northern Aboriginal and Inuit communities through two-way video communication and collaboration technology.

Litemor client? Find a new Take Back the Light supplier!

April 11, 2014 - While announcing its Fiscal 2013 full-year and Q4 results, industrial distributor HD Supply Holdings Inc. revealed it has decided to dispose of its Litemor business, a specialty lighting distributor included within the HD Supply Canada business.

Philips joins International Year of Light 2015 as first Patron Sponsor

April 10, 2014 - Royal Philips has stepped up to the plate to become the first Patron Sponsor of the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015). proclaimed by the United Nations’ General Assembly 68th Session, IYL 2015 is an initiative of a consortium of scientific bodies, with UNESCO as lead agency.

New Southwire Energy Center “unlike any plant” you’ve ever toured

April 10, 2014 - By providing a unique environment for customers to discuss product needs—as well as observe the manufacturing process of wire and cable that crews will deploy in the field—Southwire believes the Southwire Energy Center extends the company’s reputation for innovation as an energy industry supplier.

AD now supporting independent distribution in Latin America

April 9, 2014 - North American industrial and construction products buying and marketing group Affiliated Distributors (AD) says it is now open for business in Latin America.

Membership has its privileges! Ideal Supply joins the Platinum Club

April 7, 2014 - Congratulations to Ideal Supply for once again being recognized as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, and awarded Platinum Club membership! Platinum status is restricted to organizations that have been named Best Managed for seven consecutive years or more.

Products

Halco Lighting showcases ProLED decorative chandelier lamps

April 17, 2014 - Halco Lighting Technologies has introduced its ProLED decorative chandelier lamps, featuring the look and feel of traditional incandescent torpedo and flame tip lamps.

Safety

Linamar fined 100K after arc flash burns worker

April 17, 2014 - Diversified global manufacturing company Linamar Corp. dba Vehcom Manufacturing pleaded guilty and received a fine of $100,000 after a worker was burned via an exposed power terminal.

Codes & Standards

CAN/ULC-S531-14 “Standard on Smoke Alarms” 3rd Ed. is released

February 25, 2014 - ULC Standards announced the release of the 3rd edition of CAN/ULC-S531-14 “Standard on Smoke Alarms”, saying it is of interest to anyone who manufactures, distributes, uses, regulates or inspects smoke alarms.

Energy & Power

Sony and Hydro-Quebec establishing energy storage joint venture

April 17, 2014 - Hydro-Quebec and Sony Corp. are establishing a joint venture to research and develop a large-scale energy storage system for power grids. They plan to establish the unnamed new company in June 2014.

Thunder Bay Generating Station burns its last lump of coal

April 17, 2014 - Ontario Power Generation (OPG) reports it has burned the last piece of coal at its Thunder Bay Generating Station, which will now prepare to run on advanced biomass. The plant was the last that OPG operated using coal fuel.

Careers

Not everyone celebrating College of Trades first anniversary

April 9, 2014 - Ontario’s College of Trades is celebrating its one-year anniversary, but not everyone is showing up for cake. “After one year, we’re not seeing any benefits from the Ontario College of Trades,” said Cindy McCarthy, president of the Ontario Sewer & Watermain Construction Association. “The 600% increase in licensing fees is not providing any value to our members... it’s a tax grab, plain and simple.”

Blog

Let’s beat the Swiss at their electric vehicle game

April 2, 2014 - During this year’s Get Connected Day in Quebec, a Guinness Record may be established for the largest gathering of electric vehicles in the world. Organizers invite EV owners from Quebec and elsewhere to a rally April 18 and beat the previous mark registered in 2013 in Zurich, Switzerland (305 EVs). Eligible vehicles include all plug-in models.

Surprise! LiUNA joins anti-Ontario College of Trades campaign

(UPDATED see “College of Trades makes the Sunshine List!” at bottom) March 28, 2014 - Anyone who has been following the dispute over Ontario’s fledgling College of Trades has come to see it as a faceoff between union and non-union supporters. So imagine my surprise when this news crossed my desk: “Largest Construction Labour Union in Ontario Joins Alliance Committed to Fight the College of Trades”. Really?