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Industry News

Boston One Campus new Schneider Electric N.A. nexus

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.

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.

Home Depot payment system breach gets you free identity protection!

September 8, 2014 - The Home Depot today confirmed that its payment data systems have been breached, which could potentially impact customers using payment cards at its Canadian (and U.S.) stores.

Panasonic Lighting names Joseph Damiani EVP sales & marketing

September 8, 2014 - Panasonic Lighting Americas (PESLA)—a holding company for Universal Lighting Technologies and Douglas Lighting Controls—has promoted Joseph A. Damiani to the position of executive vice-president of sales & marketing.

GE is “creating a new type of industrial company”

September 8, 2014 - “This transaction is consistent with our strategy to be the world’s best infrastructure and technology company [...] We are creating a new type of industrial company...” said GE’s chair and CEO Jeff Immelt (photo 1) of the company’s decision to sell its Appliances business to Electrolux for $3.3 billion.

Donnell Johnson to lead FSR marketing team

September 5, 2014 - FSR has promoted Donnell S. Johnson to the position of marketing manager, where he will be responsible for creating an initiative for expanding and strengthening the company’s brand image on both a corporate and product level.

Franklin Empire acquiring Measuremax’s distribution business

September 5, 2014 - Electrical distributor Franklin Empire Inc. (Montreal, Que.) says it has entered into an agreement of purchase and sale regarding Measuremax Inc.’s (Peterborough, Ont.) distribution business.

L.T. Marketing to represent Britech in Quebec

September 4, 2014 - Britech has appointed L.T. Marketing to represent its line-up of electrical heating cables and controls in Quebec, saying it is “excited about this partnership that will serve as a bridge connecting Britech and strengthening relationships with their Quebec distributors and electrical contractors”.


Walter Surface introduces drill bit carrying case

September 8, 2014 - Walter Surface Technologies says its drill bit carrying case protects bits from water, rust, oil, grease and other contaminants.


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

E-mazing Race for electric vehicles returns Sept 2014

September 14, 2014 - Officially launching September 29, 2014, in Summerside, P.E.I., Sun Country Highway is bringing back the E-mazing Race for electric vehicles, which is not a race to the finish, but an EV challenge to visit the most Sun Country Highway charging stations and collect the most points in a one-month period.

Atikokan Generating Station now 100% biomass

September 10, 2014 - Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) Atikokan Generating Station (GS) is now operating on biomass, adding the station is the largest power plant in North America fuelled by 100% biomass.


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.

Feds mark 500,000 apprenticeship grants milestone

September 4, 2014 - Jason Kenney, Canada’s minister of employment and social development, announced yesterday the Government of Canada has provided a total of 500,000 apprenticeship grants to Canadians since 2007 to help them pursue careers in the skilled trades.


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.