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Industry News

Top Eaton C22 Pilot Device distributor reps win tablets

August 21, 2014 - Eaton congratulates the winners of its recent C22 Pilot Device promotion in which distributor sales reps were incentivized for product sales with reward points that were redeemable for a variety of prizes. Congratulations to:

Not everyone pleased with WSIB’s 2015 rate freeze

August 21, 2014 - Ontario’s Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) says that—for the second consecutive year—premium rates in 2015 will be maintained at current levels for the majority of employers.

Leviton acquires South Africa’s ClickOn Technology

August 21, 2014 - Leviton has acquired all the shares of ClickOn Technology—a South African manufacturer of automation technology for residential and commercial applications.

Distributor sales & marketing app from NAED and RepFiles

August 17, 2014 - The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED in the U.S.) and RepFiles LLC have launched the RepFiles NAED Edition app, which promises to offer distributors the most current sales and marketing content from different manufacturers, sales agencies or their own company from one location under one uniform system.

Osram Sylvania relocating Danvers HQ

August 17, 2014 - Osram Sylvania announced its plan to relocate its Danvers, Mass.-based HQ from 100 Endicott Street to 200 Ballardvale Street—a “technology corridor” in Wilmington.

Yukon Energy takes on Andrew Hall as president and CEO

August 15, 2014 - Yukon Energy’s board of directors has selected Andrew Hall as its new president and CEO, replacing outgoing president/CEO David Morrison, who is retiring at the end of the year.

GALLERY: Milwaukee Tool New Product Symposium (August 2014) Milwaukee, Wisc.

August 15, 2014 - EBMag just returned from the 2014 Milwaukee Tool New Product Symposium (Twitter hashtag #NPS14) and, in case you weren’t following our tweets that day, The RedShirts have more than a few new tools (power and hand), storage solutions and more for you to start making out your Christmas wish list.

Paul Delsey of Ontario claims #1 in Locate Rodeo’s Power Division

August 14, 2014 - The 2014 International Utility Locate Rodeo—a.k.a. the Olympics of the locate industry—recently came to a close, and congratulations to Paul Delsey of Frontier Utility Locating (Jerseyville, Ont.), who scored #1 Rank in the Power Division.

Stelpro’s Mike Chabot retires after 42 years in industry

August 14, 2014 - Mike Chabot, vice-president business development, U.S., has retired from Stelpro after 42 years in the electrical industry.

A touch of Frost comes to Electric Power Research Inst

August 12, 2014 - Warren Frost has joined Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) as country manager for Canada, Member & Technical Services, where his responsibilities focus on ensuring Canadian participation in EPRI research, “improving the value Canadian members receive from EPRI” and promoting “active participation of Canadian members in the collaborative process”.

It’s time for leadership on jobs, pleads Canadian Labour Congress

(UPDATED August 19, 2014) August 11, 2014 - The president of the Canadian Labour Congress, Hassan Yussuff, is calling for a national jobs strategy following the latest employment numbers from Statistics Canada that show 18,000 full-time jobs were lost between June and July, while over the past twelve months, 75% of the jobs created were part-time.

Priority Wire names Hugh Robertson director, renewable energy

August 11, 2014 - Priority Wire & Cable Inc. has appointed Hugh Robertson to the position of director, renewable energy.


ABB launches “breakthrough” 525kV HVDC cable system

August 21, 2014 - ABB has just announced what it calls a breakthrough in cable technology after successfully developing and testing a 525kV extruded high-voltage direct current (HVDC) cable system that, says the company, will make renewable energy installations more efficient and cost-effective.

VIDEO: Southwire SIMpull CoilPAK payoff receives 2014 MEET award

August 20, 2014 - The SIMpull CoilPak payoff from Southwire claims to eliminate the need for heavy, cumbersome spools.


RECALL - SolarWorld systems with copper grounding lugs

August 21, 2014 - SolarWorld is recalling solar systems installed with bare-copper grounding lugs (photo 1) installed after June 1, 2010, as these lugs can corrode, which could result in a faulty ground circuit, posing an electric shock, electrocution or fire hazard.

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

Why aren’t we decarbonizing the energy sector, asks IEA

August 21, 2014 - Clean energy finance has gathered speed this year, reports the International Energy Agency (IEA), but it is falling short of what IEA’s “Energy Technology Perspectives 2014” (ETP 2014) calculates is needed to refit the energy sector so that average global temperature does not rise more than two degrees Celsius.

Producing power via salty differences

August 21, 2014 - According to a team of mechanical engineers at MIT, there is the potential to harness a “significant amount” of renewable energy where the river meets the sea.


Frontier developing building trades-based essential skills model

August 21, 2014 - In partnership with the Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU) and its trades unions and affiliates, Frontier College will develop and test a building trades-based Literacy & Essential Skills (LES) programming model for 525 aspiring and current apprentices in eight sites across Canada.

Women wanted! EHRC officially launches Bridging the Gap

August 11, 2014 - Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) unveiled its Bridging the Gap project: a public-private initiative aimed at increasing the representation of women as skilled workers in the electricity and renewable energy sector, in Ontario and nationally.


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.