• Irving, Texas-based Shermco Industries recently announced its work on the Dallas Area Rapid Transit's (DART) rail system. Shermco has been contracted to test the power of the DART Green Line at each of its 24 substations.

  • Las Vegas-based Power Efficiency Corp., a clean-tech company focused on efficiency technologies for electric motors, announced that a nationally recognized independent laboratory that performs testing for the electrical utility sector was commissioned to test the company‚Äôs Motor Efficiency Controllers with E-Save Technology for energy savings, motor temperature and power quality. The test results validated that E-Save Technology reduces energy consumption and motor temperature on variably loaded electric motors and that the company's Motor Efficiency Controllers can meet the harsh environmental demands required for industrial, commercial, and residential products.

  • Roanoke, Va.-based Optical Cable Corp. announced that SMP Data Communications, also known as Superior Modular Products, and a wholly owned subsidiary of OCC, has been merged into OCC, creating one company named Optical Cable Corp. OCC acquired SMP Data Communications on May 30, 2008.

  • Siemens, Atlanta, recently announced the seven schools that will receive in-kind donations of automation equipment and software as part of its Siemens Automation Cooperates with Education (SCE) program. The selected schools were able to choose from two technology packages: one based on the Simatic S7-200 platform and the other based on the Simatic S7-300 platform. Additionally, Siemens will provide training on the new equipment for instructors from the recipient institutions.

  • Winter Park, Fla.-based Palmer Electric Co. won three Excellence In Construction awards in the annual competition sponsored by the Central Florida Chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors. In the Commercial $1 to $5 million category, the Palmer Electric team took home an Eagle award, the top honor presented in each category, for wiring the 30-story Dynetech Centre mixed-use building in Orlando. An Eagle award was presented to Palmer Electric in the Hospitals/Health Care $1 to $5 million category for work on the Orlando Lutheran Towers, a seven-story assisted-living facility. Palmer Electric was also honored with an Award of Merit in the Interior Alteration under $1 million category for the two-story, 40,000-square-foot interior tenant buildout for the Dynetech Corp. headquarters in the Dynetech Centre.