June 26, 2006

Business Briefs for the Week of June 26, 2006

  • Austin, Texas-based Active Power recently signed an agreement with Georgia State University, Atlanta, involving the company’s CoolAir UPS system. Under the agreement, GSU may use the CoolAir equipment for a specified period of time for a fixed, predictable annual price that includes extended warranty and maintenance coverage.

  • On June 9, Sarasota, Fla.-based Clockwork Home Services, Inc. acquired Atlanta-based Mister Sparky, Inc.. Under terms of the deal, Clockwork is acquiring ownership, rights, and uses of all Mister Sparky trademarks, the Mister Sparky name, clients, all other intellectual property, and ownership of Mister Sparky’s equipment, facilities, and operations.

  • Santa Ana, Calif.-based Pulizzi Engineering, Inc. recently announced compliance with the RoHS Directive standards for the restriction of hazardous substances in electronic equipment. This directive bans placing products on the European Union market if they surpass allowable levels of lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB), and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants.

    June 19, 2006

    Business Briefs for the Week of June 19, 2006

  • The Omaha Public Power District Board of Directors recently finalized plans to upgrade a 345kV transmission line, which runs approximately 50 miles from the Nebraska City Power Station to an area near Rulo, Neb. L.E. Myers, Marshalltown, Iowa, was approved to install “PhaseRaisers” to raise the height of 80 pole structures supporting the line.

  • Highland, Ill.-based Basler Electric recently acquired the Cutler Hammer Excitation Control product line. Also included in the acquisition were the excitation products and designs from the Westinghouse Distribution & Control business that became part of Cutler Hammer in 1994.

  • Pittsburgh-based Emerson Process Management recently won a contract to install PlantWeb at Nebraska City Station Unit No. 2, a new sub-critical pulverized coal plant to be operated by Omaha Public Power District (OPPD). The 660MW unit will be built adjacent to OPPD’s existing Nebraska City Station Unit No. 1 facility, located along the Missouri River.

    June 12, 2006

    Business Briefs for the Week of June 12, 2006
    • Florida’s Polk County Public Schools recently awarded Terry's Electric, Inc., Orlando, Fla., a $2.9 million electrical contract for a new multimillion-dollar AA middle school in Poinciana, Fla. M.M. Parrish Construction Co. is general contractor for the 195,000-square-foot project, which is slated for completion in July 2007.
    • Border States Supply Chain Solutions (BSE) recently recognized Manchester, N.H.-based FCI-USA, Inc.as 2005 Supplier of the Year. The award was given to the company for BSE’s northeast and southwest regions based on work ethic, profit growth, training programs, market development, and technical support.
    • Effective June 1, Memphis, Tenn.-based Ellers, Oakley, Chester & Rike, Inc. (EOCR) — a subsidiary of Smith Seckman Reid, Inc. (SSR), Nashville, Tenn. — has changed its name to SSR Ellers, Inc. The company believes thenew identity more accurately reflects EOCR's relationship with SSR.



    June 5, 2006

    Business Briefs for the Week of June 5, 2006

    • Harris Consulting Engineers, based in Las Vegas, recently announced the creation of a new lighting design department, offering architectural lighting design services to complement the firm’s existing electrical engineering services.


    • Color Kinetics, a Boston-based developer of LED lighting systems and technologies, has been awarded approximately $1.7 million by the U.S. Department of Energy to develop an LED-based alternative to incandescent lamps for general illumination.


    • Philips Lighting, based in Somerset, N.J., has appointed K.R. (Kaj) den Daas to the position of CEO of Philips Lighting Co., N.A., the U.S.-based lighting company affiliated with the European electronics company Royal Philips Electronics.