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Industry News

Wanted! Canada’s oldest pair of Klein side-cutting pliers

October 1, 2014 - Following up to its search for America’s oldest Klein side-cutting pliers last year (open to U.S. residents only), Klein Tools has just launched a search for the oldest pair of Klein side-cutting pliers in Canada.

GE successfully crowd-sources its latest MCCB rotary handle

September 30, 2014 - GE’s Industrial Solutions business announced five winners of its crowd-sourced, rotary-handle design competition for the company’s new portfolio of moulded case circuit breakers (MCCBs) to be launched in 2015. Elements from the five winning designs will be incorporated into this accessory.

Yukon kicks off inCharge electricity conservation program

September 29, 2014 - Yukon’s two electric utilities have developed a territory-wide initiative aimed at helping Yukoners save electricity and money.

TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games seeks Structured Cabling Installation Providers

September 29, 2014 - EBMag has learned of a great opportunity (thanks BW!) for structured cabling installation providers with the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games taking place throughout southern Ontario next summer.

Canadian Section donating $20K to IAEI campaign

September 29, 2014 - Michael Anderson, president of the IAEI Canadian Section (Int’l Association of Electrical Inspectors) and Daniel Langlois, representative to the IAEI int’l board, presented a cheque to association brass in the amount of $5000 for the IAEI Capital Improvement Campaign.

Panasonic, Ouellet and Visioneering rule the Product Stampede

September 30, 2014 - IMARK Canada announces the winners of the 2014 Product Stampede, conducted during the group’s recent annual (inaugural) general meeting. Congratulations to the following:

GALLERY: IAEI Cdn Section & Ontario Chap Convention (Sept 2014) Niagara, Ont.

September 28, 2014 - The Canadian Section & Ontario Chapter of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) hosted their Fall Convention in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., and EBMag was there to cover the proceedings.

Specialized Power rep’ing Power Systems Technology in B.C.

September 27, 2014 - Power Systems Technology has appointed Specialized Power Solutions as its representative in the British Columbia market to promote its liquid and dry mini substations (MiniSub).

Blue Ridge rep’ing Cable USA and Condumex

September 27, 2014 - Blue Ridge Wire & Cable—a new company based in Ottawa, Ont.—has been appointed the manufacturer’s agent for Cable USA Inc. (Naples, Fla.) and Condumex Inc. (Grande Prairie, Texas).

Bouygues concludes majority acquisition of Plan Group

September 26, 2014 - Bouygues Energies & Services—a subsidiary of France-based Bouygues Construction—has concluded its acquisition of a majority shareholding in Plan Group, a Canadian company specializing in electrical and mechanical engineering (design, installation, maintenance and technical services, building automation systems and network infrastructure).

Jon DeArment becomes family’s fifth generation to lead Channellock

September 26, 2014 - Channellock Inc., a family-owned and -operated plier and hand tool manufacturer has named Jonathan “Jon” S. DeArment (in photo) as its president and COO, effective October 1, 2014. He will succeed his father, William S. DeArment, who will continue as the company’s CEO and board chair.

Kohler Power names Tom Cromwell group president

September 26, 2014 - Tom Cromwell, president of Kohler Engines since 2009, has assumed responsibility for Kohler Co.’s worldwide power operations, reporting directly to David Kohler, president and CEO.


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 and various applications.


Congratulations 2014 Ontario Electrical Safety Award winners!

October 1, 2014 - EBMag was there, last night, when the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) bestowed the 2014 Ontario Electrical Safety Awards to several deserving organizations. Congratulations to Hydro Ottawa, PowerStream, Utilities Kingston & City of Kingston, and Chief Public Safety Officer’s Special Recognition for Electrical Safety, Ontario Fire Marshal Ted Wieclawek.

Five electrical safety violations found at General Glass

September 26, 2014 - General Glass International has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for 10 serious safety violations, including five electrical safety hazards found at its fabrication and design centre at 101 Venture Way in Secaucus, N.J. Initiated after a complaint, the March 2014 inspection proposes $45,540 US in penalties.

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

U.S. DoE leading nuclear energy renaissance

October 1, 2014 - The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) has issued a draft solicitation that would provide up to $12.6 billion in loan guarantees for advanced nuclear energy projects.

Hydro-Quebec, National Grid sign license agreement for LineScout

October 1, 2014 - Hydro-Quebec and National Grid, a British multinational electricity and gas utility company, have signed a licensing agreement for the LineScout, a robotic device able to inspect high-voltage transmission lines, in which National Grid obtains the right to use the technology on UK territory for ten years.


$113,000 awarded to 2014 EFC Foundation scholarship recipients

September 26, 2014 - Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) has just announced the 2014 EFC Foundation Scholarship recipients. Congratulations!

Sensus announces keynote speakers for 2014 Utility Conference

September 22, 2014 - On November 2-5, Sensus, a provider of clean technology solutions, will host its 2014 Utility Conference, bringing together electric, water and gas utility players for training and networking which, it says, will help them improve operational efficiency.


Businesses must stop hoarding and start spending

September 26, 2014 - Earlier this week, Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) conducted its 2014 Economic Forecast Day, where the organization brought in a several economists to talk about the state of affairs—domestically and internationally—in an attempt to help member businesses make informed decisions.

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!