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Industry News

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.

Northern Cables commits to Canadian Aid for Chernobyl

August 6, 2014 - Northern Cables has committed to a 5-year sponsorship ($5000 per year) of the annual Gala Dinner and Auction held by Canadian Aid for Chernobyl—a nationally registered non-profit charity providing children’s respite, humanitarian and medical aid and assistance, and reconstruction of institutional washroom and laundry facilities benefiting victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

IDEA seeks new leader as Bob Gaylord steps down

August 6, 2014 - The Industry Data Exchange Association (IDEA) board, chaired by Jack Carlson (photo), president of Southwire’s North American business, has announced that president and CEO Bob Gaylord has stepped down to pursue other areas of interest.

Will CETA bring better labour mobility with Europe?

August 6, 2014 - A new Conference Board of Canada report suggests easier movement of workers between Canada and the European Union (EU) could lead to commercial gains under the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The board encourages Canadian businesses to begin preparing now to take full advantage of the coming opportunities.

Products

Belden introduces FiberExpress M-Box consolidation point

August 19, 2014 - Belden has introduced a FiberExpress multi-box (M-Box) consolidation point that promises to bring fiber closer to the point of use for higher bandwidth and flexible zone cabling in a variety of applications.

Triplett debuts FiberTest VFL fault locator 3340

August 19, 2014 - Triplett has announced the FiberTest VFL, a visual fiber fault locator with a 5mW 650nm laser.

Safety

WARNING: Counterfeit Hochiki SLV-24N smoke detector

August 11, 2014 - UL has issued a warning regarding the Hochiki SLV-24N smoke detector, which bears a counterfeit UL Mark for the United States.

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

Solar energy that doesn’t block the view from MSU

August 19, 2014 - A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of solar concentrator that, when placed over a window, creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window.

ABB’s SF6 substitute promises “more eco-efficient switchgear”

August 19, 2014 - ABB reports it has “achieved a significant breakthrough” in switchgear technology with the development of a solution that deploys a new insulation gas mixture as a substitute for sulphur hexafluoride (SF6).

Careers

EB CAREERS: BCIT seeks temporary, full-time electrical instructors No. 14N158

August 11, 2014 - BCIT (British Columbia Institute of Technology) is one of the leading electrical training centres in North America. The Electrical Trades program is delivered by a dynamic, fast-growing, team-oriented department which is currently accepting applications for:Electrical Instructors (temporary, full-time)in our Electrical Apprenticeship and Entry Level Trades Training programs.

Blog

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.