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Industry News

Boston One Campus new Schneider Electric N.A. nexus

(UPDATED Sept 17 with VIDEO) September 12, 2014 - Schneider Electric announced the grand opening of the 240,000-sf Boston One Campus—its new R&D centre on 800 Federal Street, Andover, Mass.—which will also serve as the company’s new North America HQ, housing about 750 employees across all disciplines of Schneider’s business segments.

Halco appoints Lisa Johnson sales operations manager

September 17, 2014 - Lisa Johnson has joined the sales organization at Halco Lighting Technologies in the newly created role of sales operations manager effective. She has served as Halco’s operations manager since 2012.

Leviton announces deal to acquire BitWise Controls

September 17, 2014 - Leviton has announced the acquisition of BitWise Controls LLC, a designer and manufacturer of control and monitoring solutions for residential and commercial facilities.

Ed Bednarcik joins Lighting Science as CEO

September 17, 2014 - The Lighting Science board has appointed Edward Bednarcik as its chief executive officer, effective September 8, 2014, describing him as a “talented executive with experience developing and commercializing technology across multiple industries globally”. In his new role, he will expand the company’s presence into new market segments, it noted.

Jaime Irick appointed VP of GE Lighting N.A. pro solutions

September 17, 2014 - Jaime A. Irick has been appointed vice-president of GE Lighting North America Professional Solutions.

Greenlee extends ethernet offering with Guisys acquisition

September 16, 2014 - Greenlee says it has extended its ethernet product offering with its acquisition of Guisys Corp. (Campton Hills, Ill.), a manufacturer of Android-based hand-held telecom test solutions. Guisys founders—Mike Petersen and Steve Robbins—have joined the Greenlee Communications engineering team, and will lead ongoing ethernet R&D projects.

GALLERY: Ontario Energy Network Luncheon (Sept 2014) Toronto, Ont.

September 15, 2014 - The Ontario Energy Network (OEN) kicked off its fall luncheon series last Thursday with David Collie, president and CEO of the province’s Electrical Safety Authority (ESA), where he spoke about the progress ESA has made on its five-year plan.

Mercor Lighting becomes AD Canada’s newest member

September 11, 2014 - Mercor Lighting—a provider of lighting solutions—is the newest member of the Affiliated Distributors (A-D) Canada.

GALLERY: 2nd Annual Electric Elle Golf (Sept 2014) Brampton, Ont.

September 11, 2014 - Thankfully, the deluge held off long enough for golfers to finish most of their holes. Founded just a year ago, the Electric Elle golf tournament continues to grow in numbers, attracting women of all ages who work in all areas of the electrical industry for 9+3 holes of Best Ball, followed by dinner and awards.

GALLERY: Franklin Empire Customer Appreciation (Sept 2014) Toronto, Ont.

September 10, 2014 - “May good fortune befall visitors to @FranklinEmpire customer appreciation day in Toronto” was our first Tweet from Franklin Empire’s 2nd Annual Customer Appreciation Day... clearly inspired by the Fortune we found in our Cookie upon arriving (see photo).

GALLERY: Wesco Toronto “Selling Show” (Sept 2014) Mississauga, Ont.

September 10, 2014 - Wesco’s Toronto Distribution Centre at 6170 Belgrave Road (Mississauga, Ont.) hosted its “Selling Show” today, boasting exclusive offers from Wesco’s suppliers, a BBQ and an appearance by former Toronto Maple Leaf, Wendel Clark. (Photos A. Capkun)

Dean Johnson new president of Acklands-Grainger

September 9, 2014 - Grainger—a supplier of MRO (maintenance, repair and operating) products—has named Dean Johnson president of its Canadian business, Acklands-Grainger. Johnson assumes this role from Eric Nowlin, who is returning to California.


MultiPhy 400Gb/s technology to enable next-gen video streaming, mobile services

September 16, 2014 - MultiPhy, a high-speed communications semiconductor supplier, has introduced 400Gb/s technology to enable next-generation video streaming, cloud computing and mobile services.


RECALL: Honda gas-powered 7000W EU7000isN AT generator

September 10, 2014 - Thanks to CPSC for letting us know of a recall involving 2014 Honda gasoline-powered 7000W EU7000isN AT generators; the rear frame support can fail during lifting, posing an impact hazard. Also, the owner’s manual can have missing or duplicated pages, meaning consumers may not be getting important operating or safety information.

Codes & Standards

ISO publishes international standard 50002 for energy audits

July 23, 2014 - The International Standards Organization (ISO) says a number of companies and organizations have already integrated an energy management system to reduce consumption. Now they can take this exercise a step further with ISO 50002:2014, an international standard on energy audit.

Energy & Power

No “admission of liability” in NS Power Trenton settlement

September 17, 2014 - About 350 plaintiffs living in Trenton, N.S., and nearby areas—represented by Jamie MacGillivray of MacGillivray Injury and Insurance Law of New Glasgow—have resolved claims against Nova Scotia Power Inc. relating to the operation of the Trenton Generating Station. There has not been an admission of liability, and the details of the settlement are confidential.

Mitsubishi adds second UPS test lab to accommodate growth

September 17, 2014 - To help accommodate “rapid growth”, Mitsubishi Electric says it has added a 4MW testing lab in Warrendale, Penn., which will increase its capability to test and demonstrate its three-phase online, double-conversion uninterruptible power systems (UPSs) and related equipment.


Industrial Distribution Leadership Certificate Program - Fall 2014

September 4, 2014 - Mohawk College—in partnership with the Industrial Careers Pathway Steering Committee and with support from Electro-Federation Canada (EFC)—offers specialized, sector-specific leadership training in the field of Industrial Distribution.


Please help YWCA Toronto place 22 students

July 29, 2014 - I recently learned the YWCA Toronto—in partnership with Centennial College—is running a 34-week Pre-Apprenticeship Electrician Training Program for women to give them a chance at a career in the skilled trades, and the students need your help!

How to pick a (scholarship) winner

July 17, 2014 - Earlier this week, I had the opportunity and pleasure to again be a part of the committee that chooses the lucky recipients of scholarships from the numerous applications sent in to the 2014 Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) Scholarship Program... and I believe we picked worthy candidates.