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Lights out for Universal Douglas Lighting

“All manufacturing operations will cease immediately and our facilities across North America are estimated to close by July 2023,” writes Steve Wybo, chief restructuring officer, in a letter to customers announcing that Universal Douglas Lighting Americas is ceasing operations. In a separate statement provided to Electrical Business Magazine, Wybo points to “the lasting impact of the Covid-19 pandemic”, which has “hit all sides of Universal Douglas Lighting Americas Inc.”.

The Baron Group intends to merge with AD

“We see great benefits for our distributors from this new relationship with AD,” said Matthew Beasley, general manager, The Baron Group. “Our interactions with their team in this process have been tremendous, and our members cannot wait to begin working with the AD community to achieve success together.” Serving independent groundwater systems distributors for over 30 years, The Baron Group intends to merge with AD, North America’s largest marketing/buying group for construction and industrial supplies.

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British Columbia needs ECABC members says Matt MacInnis

We caught up with Matt MacInnis of the Electrical Contractors Association of BC who, upon being named ECABC president, said: “I believe it’s important that we recognize the critical role of electrical contractors in supporting key priorities of British Columbians”. We ask him to expand on some of those priorities, and electrical contractors’ critical role. » Read more

Prompt payment receives royal assent in Manitoba

The Electrical Contractors Association of Manitoba reports that The Builders’ Liens Amendment Act (Prompt Payment) has received royal assent. “Bill 38 is a significant step towards ensuring financial certainty for contractors and subcontractors, and promotes economic growth and investment in our province,” said James Teitsma, Minister of Consumer Protection and Government Services. » Read more

International Construction Startup Competition 2023 has launched

The international competition is an instrument for fostering collaboration and advancing “the most promising startup technologies and business models in the construction sector”. Specifically, the competition is looking for “the most promising startup solutions” that pertain to sustainability, enhanced productivity, supply chains, and new construction methods and technologies within the sector. » Read more


IES Annual Conference

August 3-5, Schaumburg, Ill. » More info

ECAO Annual Industry Conference

September 17-21, Boston, Mass. » More info

The Utility Expo

September 26-28, Louisville, Ky. » More info