May 29, 2006
Business Briefs for the Week of May 29, 2006
May 26, 2006
Business Briefs for the Week of May 22, 2006
May 15, 2006
Business Briefs for the Week of May 15, 2006
May 12, 2006
Business Briefs for the Week of May 8, 2006
May 11, 2006
AutomationDirect sponsors robotics team
The Forsyth Alliance, a rookie robotics team sponsored by Cumming, Ga.-based AutomationDirect made up of students from local county high schools, recently competed in its Regional for the 15th Annual FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics competition at the Gwinnett Civic Center near Atlanta. The team had 42 days to design, build, test, and ship a man-sized robot for the FIRST competition.
The team’s robot, “Otto,” placed 15th out of 45 teams, and won the “Rookie All-Star” award, as well as the “Imagery” award, which “celebrates attractiveness in engineering and outstanding visual aesthetic integration of the machine and team appearance.”
May 9, 2006
Leviton Manufacturing launches “Build on the Possibilities” Program
Little Neck, N.Y.,-based Leviton Manufacturing Co. recently launched the “Build on the Possibilities” program to help homebuilders market and sell the company’s residential products and systems to homebuyers. The program includes various “packages” that builders can offer their homebuyer customers.
In addition, the program provides brochures and literature, as well as merchandising aids such as displays, easels, and wall talkers, that explain each of the product offerings.
May 8, 2006
Lutron Electronics launches Web site for new line of occupancy sensors
Coopersburg, Penn.-based Lutron Electronics recently launched a new Web site, supporting its full line of occupancy sensors. The site explains the technology behind the occupancy sensors and provides users with a unique Selection Tool to help them find the right product for their needs.
Lutron's occupancy sensor website also provides access to the company's free Design & Layout service and complete technical information — CSI specs, installation guides and specification sheets.
May 5, 2006
Business Briefs for the Week of May 1, 2006
May 4, 2006
Orbit/UMI launches windbreaker giveaway
Until July 31, electrical installers who purchase $500.00 in Los Angeles-based Orbit Industries/UMI products from an authorized distributor will receive a free Nautica-style windbreaker. Installers must submit a redemption form and the original dated purchase receipts with the Orbit/UMI products circled.
Official redemption forms may be downloaded from the Orbit/UMI Web site.
May 3, 2006
Cooper Lighting donates fixtures to ABC home renovation show
Peachtree City, Ga.-based Cooper Lighting recently donated 155 HALO recessed downlights, including cans and trims, to ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” for installation in a home in Sunrise, Ky. The fixtures were obtained through King Lighting and distributed to builders John Henry Homes, Cincinnati, through Cooper Lighting’s local distributor, Richards Electric, Cincinnati.
The contractor who completed the installation was Quinn Electric of Erlanger, Ky.
May 2, 2006
Siemens plans to expand New Kensington facility
Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. (SE&A) will invest $7.2 million to expand its New Kensington, Pa., manufacturing facility. The new facility will support SE&A's growing large drives business, specifically the Robicon Perfect Harmony brand.
The 30,000 square-foot facility redesign is expected to be completed in March 2007.
May 1, 2006
NEMA releases April Electroindustry Business Confidence Index
Rosslyn, Va.-based National Electrical Manufacturers Association's (NEMA) Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American business conditions measured in the high 60s for the third straight month in April, indicating that industry sentiment has remained at a robust level for much of the first third of the year. With April's reading of 66.7 points, the monthly index has now topped the 50-point threshold without exception for three full years, a prolonged period of favorable conditions.
For a complete summary of the April 2006 index, including charts and a list of participating companies, visit NEMA’s Web site.