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Industry News

Altec celebrates 85 years with ribbon-cutting at renovated facility

(UPDATED Sept 21 with VIDEO) September 19, 2014 - Altec Inc. highlighted the celebration of 85 years with a commemorative event, which included a formal ribbon cutting at the company’s original facility in North Birmingham, Alabama, following renovations at the plant. Congratulations!

Greenlee launches French Canadian version of its website

September 19, 2014 - Greenlee says it is continuing to drive efficiency for its French Canadian customers by launching a multi-language version of its website,, in both French and English.

BC improving home inspector standards to “better protect consumers”

September 19, 2014 - In British Columbia, the minister responsible for housing, Rich Coleman, announced the province aims to improve home inspector licensing requirements by creating a common professional standard for home inspectors.

BuildForce Canada recognizes National Tradesmen Day 2014

September 19, 2014 - “Today is a great opportunity to show our appreciation for those who’ve made construction their life’s work, and to welcome a new generation,” said Rosemary Sparks, executive director of BuildForce Canada, in recognition of National Tradesmen Day.

Thomas & Betts Canada achieves Platinum for IDEA marketing support

September 18, 2014 - Thomas & Betts Canada has achieved the Platinum level of The Industry Data Exchange Association’s (IDEA’s) Industry Data Warehouse (IDW) Bands of Excellence program, which recognizes manufacturers who provide marketing support to distributors through the IDW.

Franklin Empire St-Jerome/Tremblant branches celebrate merger

September 18, 2014 - On September 4, Franklin Empire’s St-Jerome branch hosted an Open House/Labour Day party to mark the merger of their St-Jerome and Tremblant branches in 2013.

Wago celebrates 35 years in North America

September 18, 2014 - This Sunday marks Wago’s 35th year in the North American marketplace—congratulations!

Civilight North America welcomes Goldberg, Matthews and Katz

September 18, 2014 - In an effort to “accelerate its commitment to offer high quality and high performance indoor LED lamps”, Civilight has announced several appointments to sales and marketing positions, including three for Canada.

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.


Angled Knipex pliers and cutters boast 25° comfort angle

September 22, 2014 - Knipex Tools says its latest series of angled pliers and cutters, which include an 8-in. angled long nose pliers, 7-in. angled diagonal cutter, 7 1/2-in. angled combination pliers and 8 3/4-in. cable cutter, meets the needs of hardworking hands while offering a versatile range of application.


RECALL: Siemens SBGA-34 audible fire alarm base

September 18, 2014 - Siemens is recalling SBGA-34 audible fire alarm bases, which can fail to sound an alarm, posing a risk of personal injury and property damage.

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

SMA O&M and inverters selected for 140MW Kingston Solar project

September 22, 2014 - Kingston Solar LP has selected SMA operations and maintenance (O&M) services and central inverters for its 140MW DC photovoltaic (PV) system in Kingston, Ont., which it says will be the largest solar project in Canada when complete next year.


Discover Hydro-Quebec’s 70-year history at the Électrium

September 18, 2014 - As part of the Journées de la culture September 26-28, the Électrium—Hydro-Quebec’s Electricity Interpretation Centre—is offering a temporary display celebrating the 70th anniversary of the utility.


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.