Vol. 3 No. 3

January 2008

- MEET You in Moncton!
- Eaton Distributors Say “We’ve Got Control”
- Golfing for Trade School in Dominican Republic
- Building Permits November 2007
- “Sharpen Your Edge” at EASA Convention & Exposition
- Morlite’s New Informative Website
- On the Market
- Coming Events


Occurring every two years, the MEET (Mechanical Electrical Electronic Technology) show continues to be an important venue for dialogue, discussion and discovery. Year after year, the show continues to grow in scope, delivering more exhibitors and more visitors with each passing event.

Once again, Electrical Business is pleased to serve as the Official Electrical Publication for MEET. The four sponsoring associations (CIPH, ASHRAE, EFC and IESNA) are offering a cutting-edge seminar program to complement the trade show and increase the value to all attendees. The Industry Dinner is slated for May 7 at the DELTA BEAUSEJOUR. Make sure you reserve your tickets early for this night of networking, entertainment, great food and fun.

As usual, stay tuned to E-Line for MEET updates.

Eaton's Lorne Gould with Tony Matarozzo


Lorne Gould, Eaton product manager of power control products, congratulated Tony Matarozzo of Aztec Electrical Supply and Craig Humbert of Dixon Electric (Sudbury), recipients of the Eaton “We’ve Got Control” promotion. Both men received a Wii console and 4G iPod for selling the most Eaton power control products during the three-month promotion. Honourable mentions include:

Lorne Gould with
Craig Humbert

• Bill Adams
• Steve Cassano
• Joe Ferrari
• Ken Fields
• Marc Sauve
• Antony Spasov
• Craig Walker

CLICK HERE to visit Eaton Electrical Group (Canada).


In the August 2007 edition of Electrical Business, John Vickery of Vickery Electric told us about his trip to the Dominican Republic and the need to develop a trade school, thereby creating attainable education in the region. Of course, funds are needed to help achieve this laudable goal, which is why John is hosting a Fundraising Golf Tournament at the Royal Ashburn Golf Club (home of the Canadian Tour Fall Qualifier) on May 27. E-mail John Vickery at john@vickeryelectric.com for more information.


The value of building permits fell in November 2007, says StatsCan, but remained slightly above the $6-billion mark for a seventh consecutive month. Municipalities issued building permits worth $6 billion, down 9.9% from October 2007. Fewer construction intentions for both residential and non-residential buildings contributed to this decline.

On a year-to-date basis, the total value of building permits issued by municipalities from January to November 2007 hit $68.1 billion, up 12.4% from the total for the first 11 months of 2006. This total was also 2.8% higher than the previous annual record of $66.3 billion set in 2006. The strong results came from gains in both residential and non-residential sectors.

In the non-residential sector, intentions fell 17.5% to $2.2 billion in November. A rise in industrial construction intentions was insufficient to offset strong decreases in the commercial and institutional components. The residential sector followed suit with a 5% decline to $3.9 billion. A slight gain in single housing could not make up for a dive in the multi-family component. Municipalities approved 19,659 new units, down 4.3%.

November’s decline in the total value of permits was spread across the country as every province, except for Newfoundland & Labrador and Manitoba, recorded decreases.


The Electrical Apparatus Service Association (EASA) is holding its convention and exposition from June 22 to 24 at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center (Grapevine, Texas), and this year’s theme is “Sharpen Your Edge”.

“I have noticed throughout my business life that many companies have prospered more than others,” said EASA chair George Stratton. “Those successful ones have managed to sharpen their edge by continuing to grow into areas that support their core businesses.”

The convention program offers attendees numerous technical and sales/management seminars each day. A companion trade show features manufacturers and service providers highlighting the latest developments in electric motors, drives and controls, generators, and other electromechanical equipment (as well as services to the electro-mechanical industry).

For information on reserving booth space, contact Dale Shuter at EASA headquarters at (314) 993-2220 or e-mail dshuter@easa.com. CLICK HERE to visit EASA online.


Morlite—a designer and manufacturer of high-abuse lighting fixtures for commercial, institutional and industrial environments—has unveiled an entirely redesigned, comprehensive website. The site’s homepage provides a brief company overview along with links to the company’s target markets, including institutional/behavioural, cleanroom, food processing and transit. Downloadable information includes new spec sheets and product briefs. Although you can search for a sales rep by state, there’s only one for Canada: Thomas Lighting Canada in Markham, Ont. (which, unfortunately, doesn’t seem to list Morlite among its brands). CLICK HERE to visit Morlite, or CLICK HERE to visit Thomas Lighting Canada.


Cat 6 bundled cables for residential market
Coleman Cable has a new bundled cable featuring two Cat 6 and two RG6 Quad that will power a variety of residential applications, including voice/data/video, CATV and HDMI. Its ‘X’-shaped spline separates the pairs for less interference, while the colour-coded outer jacket provides protection against damage caused during installation.

10G shielded copper cabling system
The Panduit TX6 10G shielded copper cabling system is an end-to-end 10-Gigabit Ethernet solution providing good alien crosstalk performance beyond 500 MHz. The system delivers ETL- and Delta-tested performance in a four-connector channel up to 100 metres and exceeds the requirements of the TIA/EIA 568-B.2-AD10 and ISO 11801 Class EA Edition 2.1 draft proposals (as well as the IEEE 802.3an-2006 ratified standard for supporting 10GBase-T transmission over twisted-pair cabling systems). System connectivity components are performance-tested to deliver reliability, and each features integral grounding technology for proper grounding and bonding.

Locking plug and connector line
The locking plugs and connectors in Cooper’s new Pro-Grip 50A line are made of impact-resistant nylon and feature a three-step locking design to decrease installation time: attach conductors; insert plug/connector body and turn one quarter; and insert Pro-Grip lock into slot and tighten cord clamp screws. The industrial-grade 50A Pro-Grip locking devices’ durability provides a secure connection under harsh and abusive conditions, making them suitable for construction sites, shops and factory floors. Cooper also offers a complete line of industrial specification-grade, rolled-steel armoured designs, as well as marine-grade 50A locking devices.

Insulated beverage container
Klein has added the Insulated Beverage Hauler to its promotional products line. Inspired by the Klein Cushion Grip handle, the hauler looks and feels like a Klein tool. It has a 750-mL capacity, is made of rust- and corrosion-resistant stainless steel, and has a double-wall insulated lining to keep liquids either hot or cool. It also features a flow control cap that opens and closes with one touch for easy handling. A stainless steel drink cup is integrated into the design.


Electrical Design for Industrial, Commercial and Institutional Facilities
EPIC Educational Program Innovations Centre
January 28-30, Toronto, Ont.
February 25-27, Vancouver, B.C.
CLICK HERE for details

Networking Luncheon
Ontario Energy Network (OEN)
February 13
Toronto, Ont.
CLICK HERE for details

Electrical Professionals Safety Forum
Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
March 10-11
Halifax, N.S.
CLICK HERE for details

PowerTest 2008
InterNational Electrical Testing Association (NETA)
March 17-20
New Orleans, La.
CLICK HERE for details

Electrical Learning EXPO
Alberta Electrical League (AEL)
March 26
Lethbridge, Alta.
CLICK HERE for details

CLICK HERE to check out A TON MORE industry events at EBMag.com.
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