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March 2009 

Vol. 4 No. 5

EB Launches Distribution & Supply Magazine

Electrical Business is pleased to introduce Distribution & Supply magazine, the long-awaited independent voice of Canada’s electrical channel.

Call for Creation of Canadian Electric Radiant Heating Association

“As an industry, we’ve let electric heating decline and allowed hydronics and forced-air systems to grow and dominate,” said Gerry Lemieux, an author and applications specialist in the heating industry, adding, “It’s time for us to band together, as has the radiant Panel Association in the U.S.A. or the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating, and combat our present situation.”

Nova Scotia incorporates new electrical contractor association

TThe word is officially out: on August 1, 2008, the Province of Nova Scotia incorporated the Nova Scotia Electrical Contractors Association (NSECA), a new group that aims to act as the voice of both non-union and union electrical contractors in the province.

NETcomm Presents Québec 2009 Conference, Issues Call for Papers

Following the success of the Maritimes Conference held in Halifax last September—and a Prairies conference this year in April in Saskatoon that promises to be even better—NETcomm is presenting its Québec 2009 Conference June 10-11 in Montreal at the Delta Centre-Ville (Official Conference Hotel).

Fluke Corporation acquires Hawk IR International

Fluke Corp., a global player in portable electronic test and measurement technology, has acquired Hawk IR International Ltd. of North Yorkshire, U.K. The latter will continue to operate as Hawk IR International as part of the Fluke Electronics Industrial Division.

Osram and Traxon/e:cue form LED joint venture

Traxon Technologies/e:cue lighting control and Osram have formed a joint venture that, they say, will accelerate the level and quality of innovation in LED-based lighting systems and their application.

EFC Supply and Distribution Conference 2009 theme and lineup

“Navigating Uncharted Waters” is the theme of this year’s Supply & Distribution Council Conference being held in St. John’s, NL, May 27-30, which brings together manufacturers, distributors and reps involved in the Canadian electrical market.

Universal Lighting invites you to Traverse the Universe

Lighting professionals can enter for a chance to win a vacation from Universal Lighting Technologies. The ‘Traverse the Universe’ promotional giveaway is now underway, with three grand prizes up for grabs: a trip to Maui, an Alaskan cruise, and a stay in Aruba.

Anixter and Bogen School of Sound

Learn about paging system and design! Anixter and Bogen invite you to “School of Sound Audio Communications Education”, April 16, from 8:00 am to 11:00 am, at the Hilton Garden Inn (100 Traders Boulevard, Mississauga, Ont.)

Siemens expands solar capability with Archimede acquisition

Siemens Energy is acquiring a 28% stake in the Italian solar company Archimede Solar Energy S.p.A., thereby expanding its competency in solar thermal power plants. Archimede is the sole producer of solar receivers operating with molten salt as the heat transfer fluid, says Siemens, adding that it is a leader in steam turbine-generators for solar thermal power plants. By combining these two technologies, Siemens wants to enhance the efficiency of these plants and further reduce the production costs for solar power.

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GE Digital Energy Melanie Cook

Melanie Cook has been named general manager of GE Digital Energy’s communications product line. Based in Rochester, N.Y., she is responsible for the growth strategy, global operations and new technology development for this product line, which includes Microwave Data Systems (MDS) and Lentronics brands of products and services, which provide industrial networking solutions for customers.

Cooper acquires Illumination Management Solutions

Cooper Industries has acquired Irvine, Calif.-based Illumination Management Solutions Inc. (IMS), a player in specialized optics and system design for LED (light-emitting diode) fixtures. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Belzona opens Richmond Hill office

Belzona, a player in the design and manufacture of industrial protective coatings and polymer repair composites, opening its new office—Belzona Great Lakes Holdings Ltd.—in Richmond Hill, Ont., having acquired the distribution rights for the Province of Ontario.

Hammond Power recognizes McKenna as 2008 Canadian Rep

Hammond Power Solutions (HPS)—a North American manufacturer of dry-type electrical transformers—has presented McKenna Agencies with its 2008 Canadian Rep of the Year award for outstanding performance in 2008.

Judge finds violations of P&S Legrand GFCI patent rights

Pass & Seymour/Legrand (P&S) announced that the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) issued a final decision, finding that a number of China-based manufacturers of ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) and their American distributors have violated P&S’s patent rights.

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Training Workshop

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