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Intermatic Connect U Live Webinar - Individual live webinar courses are available twice a month at two convenient times beginning in April, 2009. These courses have limited availability so advance registration is required. Upon registration, your unique username will be sent to the e-mail address you provide along with instructions for both the audio and visual portion of the seminar.
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Southwire: CDC Study Shows Decline in Blood Levels of Dioxin-Like Compounds - Southwire’s study focused on employees who were thought to have had the greatest potential for exposure to dioxin while working at the company’s secondary copper smelter, which closed eight years ago. At the time, data gathered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pointed to a nationwide decline in dioxin emissions over the previous 20 years.
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3M Introduces Highly Conformable, Non-Woven Conductive Tapes - 3M has created two new nickel and copper-plated, non-woven, conductive fabric tapes designed for grounding and EMI applications in devices such as mobile handhelds, digital still cameras, LCD televisions and other small consumer electronic products.
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P&S Tamper-Resistant Receptacle Switch Combinations Protect Kids and Meet Safety Codes - Pass & Seymour/Legrand, a leading manufacturer of electrical wiring devices and home systems, announces its Tamper-Resistant Receptacle/Switch Combination devices. Meeting 2008 National Electrical Code® (NEC) safety standards, the combination devices expand what is already a broad offering of Tamper-Resistant Receptacles for residential and commercial applications.
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3M and Southwire Join Forces - 3M and Southwire have entered into a joint agreement to produce 3M Aluminum Conductor Composite Reinforced (3M ACCR) high-voltage overhead conductor.
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Littelfuse Offers Arc-Flash Safety - Littelfuse has developed a suite of consulting and training services through their POWR-GARD electrical products division. Composed of recognized experts, the POWR-GARD services team leverages its extensive experience to help you protect against arc-flash, short-circuiting and other hazards.
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P&S Adds Three New Dimmers to Expand Lighting Controls Product Line
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Insulated Braided Shunts From ERICO®: The Best Alternative to Cable
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P&S Product of the Year Category Winner - Pass & Seymour/Legrand (P&S), a leading provider of electrical wiring devices and home systems, has been named a two-time category winner in the 2008 Electrical Construction & Maintenance Product of the Year competition. P&S Signature™ Wiring Devices earned the recognition in the Wiring Devices category, and P&S DuraShield™ GFCI Receptacles won in the category for Protective Devices.
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Lightolier introduces Alcyon HID Ceramic Track Lighting - Lightolier, the leader in interior lighting for over a century, has introduced Alcyon HID ceramic metal halide track lighting. Employing the latest miniature lamp and electronic ballast technology, Alcyon HID delivers the highest performance accent and flood lighting in an architectural wireless design.
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Philips Unveils a Range of LED Innovations - Royal Philips Electronics unveiled an innovative range of LED- based solutions for general lighting and scene setting at the Light + Building fair in Frankfurt today. The range includes solutions for all market segments, including home, office, street, shops and hospitality, which will accelerate the market adoption of solid state luminaire systems.
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IDEAL Insulation Testing - IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC., a worldwide leader in tools and supplies for professional electricians, introduced its new 61-795 Insulation Tester which puts insulation testing in palm of your hand. The new tester makes troubleshooting windings and cables simple, fast and safe.
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NEW’s 3rd Annual Soccer Day – Norton Electric hosted their 3rd annual Soccer Day at the Home Depot Center on Saturday April 26th, this year 2008. Prior to the Super Clasico game, some of the nearly 300 guests participated in their own soccer games on the prestigious Beckham Academy field.
Team sponsors: Legrand, Leviton, Powerstrut, Thomas & Betts and Western Tube provided the Norton Teams with Jerseys and soccer balls as they stepped on the field to show off some very impressive soccer skills. Others chose to simply relax with family and friends, refreshments and a tasty Mexican Buffet before going on to cheer at the Chivas USA vs Galaxy game inside the Home Depot Center.

Intermatic Wireless Energy Controls - Intermatic HomeSettings Wireless Energy Controls Offer the Average Homeowner Tangible Lifestyle Benefits. The line of wireless energy products provide ease-of-use for consumers that not only enhances security and saves money, but also offers homeowners from every walk of life very real and tangible lifestyle benefits, such as automating lights and appliances using a remote control.
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CANTEX State of the Art Plant Key to Southwestern Market – Kingman Arizona is the site of the new state-of-the-art CANTEX plant. The expandable plant ensures CANTEX’s growth in the southwest region.
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Watt Stopper’s New Fixture-mounted Dimming Photosensor - Watt Stopper/Legrand has introduced the new fixture-mounted FD-301 dimming photosensor. Lighting fixture manufacturers can easily integrate the FD-301 during production so fixtures arrive at the jobsite with the control pre-wired, adding value and saving contractors’ time.
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Klein Tools Introduces New Line of LED Flashlights - LINCOLNSHIRE, IL – February 2008 – Klein Tools recently introduced its new line of ten flashlights (Cat. Nos. X3, X5, X7, X9, X11, X19, X21, X35, X44 and X79), with advanced technology LEDs that provide superior light.
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FCI-Burndy Introduces New Wejtap - FCI-BURNDY® PRODUCTS introduces its new WEJTAP™ In-Line Disconnect Switch, combining proven WEJTAP™ technology with industry-standard components to bring the most reliable performance to switch/distribution line connections.
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General Cable Receives Award - General Cable's Indianapolis, Indiana Compounds Manufacturing Facility Receives INDUSTRYWEEK's Best Plants Award.
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Greenlee Acquires Paladin Tools - In a strategic move to further broaden the company's position in the voice, data and video channel, Textron Inc.'s Greenlee business unit announced today the acquisition of Paladin Tools, a provider of tools and accessories for the telecom, datacom and wiring industries. Press Release
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Leviton Compliant with 2008 NEC Code - Leviton is pleased to announce that it is among the first manufacturers in the industry to offer a complete line of 2008 NEC Code Section 406.11-compliant tamper-resistant receptacles. The 2008 NEC Code, which first goes into effect on January 1, 2008, includes a provision (Section 406.11) that requires all receptacles in newly constructed homes to be tamper-resistant. Press Release
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3M Construction Services for Industrial Projects - Besides exceptional medium-voltage cable accessories, 3M can help industrial clients meet budget and schedule for industrial projects. 3M can take line drawings and cable schedules and provide take offs detailing cable accessories needed, analysis of issues involving potential waste, assemble products in custom kits with customized labels, ship kits directly to job site, provide on-site training plus offer technical support.
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Thomas & Betts To Acquire Lamson & Sessions - Thomas & Betts Corporation announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Lamson & Sessions in an all-cash transaction valued at $27.00 per share or approximately $450 million. The company has committed debt financing to fund the transaction. Subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions and the approval of Lamson & Sessions' shareholders, the transaction is expected to close in late 2007.
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Philips Wins Awards at LightFair 2007 – Philips Lighting proudly announced its receipt of numerous lighting awards at the 2007 LightFair International Trade Show & Conference in New York City on May 6-10th. The awards recognize Philips' efforts in the areas of technology, sustainability, and security.
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Thomas & Betts Acquires Joslyn Hi-Voltage - Thomas & Betts Corporation announced that it has completed its acquisition of the Joslyn Hi-Voltage and Power Solutions businesses from Danaher Corporation for $280 million in cash. Joslyn Hi-Voltage offers a broad range of high voltage electric switches, reclosers, vacuum interrupter attachments and related products used mainly by electric utilities.
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PANDUIT Earns UL Certification for Advanced Optical Fiber Characterization Capabilities - PANDUIT has earned accreditation from Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) for its capability to measure Differential Mode Delay (DMD) and calculate the Effective Modal Bandwidth (EMBc) of laser optimized multimode fiber. DMD is the difference in arrival times of the various optical modes that pass through fibers, and is the main parameter by which the performance of a multimode optical fiber system is measured.
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JUNO Introduces the Cylindra™ Series - Juno®, a Juno Lighting Group® brand, has introduced the Cylindra™ Series that combines the latest generation of ceramic metal halide lamps with a contemporary design that delivers superior optical performance, aesthetics and energy savings. The Cylindra Series includes halogen fixtures that accommodate the full range of halogen lamps: line voltage PAR20, PAR30, PAR38 and low-voltage MR16.
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Alcan Launches FeederPlex™ Cable - Alcan Cable, a division of Alcan Inc.’s Engineered Products group, introduced today its new STABILOY® FeederPlex™ cable, an innovative solution for phase conductor identification in commercial and industrial applications. Consisting of a plexed assembly of STABILOY Type XHHW-2 conductors with color coded phase conductors, FeederPlex provides total installed cost savings for pipe and wire installations while providing clear phase identification for Commercial and Industrial Markets.
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NEW Soccer Day - On a sunny Sunday afternoon May 20th, NEW hosted over 250 guests at their annual Soccer Day at the Home Depot Center. Some of the guests began their afternoon participating in their own soccer game; with family members and friend, sponsors and NEW employees kicking the ball around on one of the Home Depot Center’s meticulous practice fields. Others preferred relaxing in the reception area inside the Home Depot Center with refreshments and a Mexican Grill Buffet before the MLS game began. The event was capped with some serious MLS Soccer between Chivas USA v Galaxy which ended in a 1 -1 draw. Overall it was a great time with an afternoon mix of soccer, family, friends, a superb meal and an afternoon rooting for their favorite team.
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Advance Products Recognized by 2006 IES Progress Report - Advance was pleased to announce that a record nine of its exclusive new electronic fluorescent, electronic HID, and LED-related products were accepted into the prestigious 2006 Progress Report by the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA).
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How the Scotch® Super 33+™ Tape Came to Be - Today’s Scotch® Super 33+™ Vinyl Electrical Tape is the 17th version of the best-selling premium vinyl tape in America. Looking back at the “state of the nation” 60 years ago, World War II had ended. The U.S. economy was thriving. The baby boom era had begun. And 3M invented the first vinyl electrical tape. Complete Press Release

More Patents on the Lithonia Lighting RT5 Fixture - The United States Patent and Trademark Office has allowed 10 additional patents on the Lithonia Lighting RT5 fixture, channel and lens design. This action validates the novel aspects of the RT5 design and they are another part of a large number of US and International patent filings on the RT5 portfolio of products.
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Watt Stopper Introduces Accredited Education Series - Watt Stopper/Legrand is pleased to announce its 2007 education program developed to help architects and specifiers expand their understanding of energy codes, green building initiatives, sustainable design and related lighting control solutions. Seminar topics include LEED and lighting controls, energy codes including ASHRAE, IECC and state codes, and lighting control solutions for day-lit spaces. Complete Press Release

Schneider Electric Finalizes Acquisition of APC Schneider Electric Finalizes Acquisition of APC - Schneider Electric (Square D) announced the completion of the acquisition of American Power Conversion, following satisfaction of the closing conditions of the merger agreement and thus creating a worldwide leader in critical power and cooling services.
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Minerallac and Cully Join Forces - Minerallac Company and Cully Enterprises have joined forces to better serve the Electrical Distribution market. Expanding and complementing its product offering and service capabilities to electrical distributors, Minerallac Company, Hampshire, Illinois, has acquired Cully Enterprises, Inc. Cully Enterprises is an award-winning, Seattle based, national supplier of fasteners, anchors, tools and contractor accessories to the electrical distributor throughout the United States and Canada. Complete Press Release Complete Press Release

P&S Introduces PlugTail™ GFCI - Pass & Seymour/Legrand introduced the newest addition to its award-winning line of PlugTail™ Wiring Devices. PlugTail™ Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) are now available, providing faster, more consistent and safer installations for greater cost savings on any commercial construction project. P&S has combined the best GFCI on the market with the revolutionary new PlugTail™ concept. PlugTail™ devices take advantage of the standard commercial pigtailing process to offer faster, more consistent device installations.
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Leviton Teams with Microsoft - Leviton has joined forces with software giant Microsoft Corporation to offer homeowners a way to remotely control lighting and other Z-Wave® enabled home automation schemes using any number of popular consumer electronic products. The relationship also offers software developers a fast, easy way to design Z-Wave based home control applications for these devices using Microsoft’s .Net Micro Framework. Complete Press Release

3M Introduces First High-Voltage Cold Shrink Termination - 3M expands its line of cold shrink products for high-voltage applications with the first termination kits for 69/72,5kV reduced-wall cable. The first high-voltage cold shrink product, a termination kit for 69kV standard-wall cable, was introduced in 2005. The new 3M termination is easier to install than other termination technologies, requiring no tools or heat source. Its light weight means that a crane is not required to install the termination. The simpler installation process can make possible a lower total installed cost and help reduce craft errors that may threaten reliability.
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Advance Expands e-Vision® Family of Electronic HID Ballasts - Advance announces the expansion of its popular e-Vision® line of electronic HID ballasts with the addition of a compact new model for the operation of 150-watt metal halide lamps. Advance's new e-Vision Compact 150-watt Electronic HID Ballast brings the comprehensive benefits of electronic HID technology to a host of retail, commercial, institutional, and outdoor settings. High performing and energy efficient, the new model joins Advance's popular and rapidly-expanding family of e-Vision ballasts to fully support the market's broad range of professional lighting needs. Complete Press Release Complete Press Release

True Color™ EMT Wins the 2006 TED Magazine "Best of the Best" Award - Allied Tube & Conduit's True Color™ promotion was awarded The Electrical Distributor (TED) magazine's prestigious "Best of the Best" marketing award for 2006 Direct Promotions at the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) Annual Meeting. This is the first marketing award that Allied Tube & Conduit's Electrical Group has ever received. Complete press release


Philips Lighting Recognized by EPA - Philips Lighting was recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as the first company in the U.S. to launch a company-wide effort towards meeting the EPA’s National Partnership for Environmental Priorities (NPEP) waste minimization standards. News Release

General Cable Web Site Wins Two “WebAwards” - General Cable Corporation received two awards from the Web Marketing Association’s 10th annual WebAward Competition for its newly redesigned North American Web site. General Cable’s site,, received a Standard of Excellence Award in both the Business-to-Business (B2B) and Manufacturing categories. Complete press release


ILSCO Training Module Now Available - ILSCO has a new web based mechanical training module available to assist customers with training of the features, benefits, and applications of mechanical connectors. The training module is available on-line at It features segments on connector functions, unique characteristics, standards and installation instructions. News Release

Wiremold/Legrand Honored for Product Brochure - Wiremold/Legrand is the winner of a “Best of the Best” award from TED Magazine in its annual marketing awards competition. The company was honored in the “Best Literature and Selling Tools” category for a brochure that promotes Plugmold® power strips. Complete press release


Lightolier announced as a finalist - Lightolier, Inc., is proud to announce its finalist status in Electrical Contracting ProductsŽ 2006 INNOVATION Awards. This prestigious program recognizes outstanding companies whose products or services have best responded to electrical contractorsŽ market challenges by offering creative and innovative ideas. The 2006 INNOVATION Award winners will be recognized at a special ceremony and reception being held at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston on Sunday, October 8th, the first evening of the National Electrical Contractors Association’s Show. Complete Press Release Complete press release

Philips acquires Bodine - Philips announced that it acquired The Bodine Company, a leading Collierville, Tennessee-based manufacturer of emergency ballasts. “This acquisition positions Philips very favourably in the niche emergency ballast market and enables us to broaden our product portfolio and enter strategic new market segments involving building networks," says Brian Dundon, President & CEO of Philips Lighting Electronics North America.” Complete press release

Wiremold/Legrand Honored for Product Brochure - Wiremold/Legrand is the winner of a “Best of the Best” award from TED Magazine in its annual marketing awards competition. The company was honored in the “Best Literature and Selling Tools” category for a brochure that promotes Plugmold® power strips. Press Release Complete press release

Watt Stopper Adds New Tools to CodeSmart Code Compliance Initiative - Watt Stopper/Legrand has expanded CodeSmart, its energy code compliance initiative, by introducing two new resources, a comprehensive brochure on code compliance and an online video. Press Release Complete press release

Leviton Wins TBX’s OTTO Award for "Build on the Possibilities" Sales Support Materials - Leviton Manufacturing Company was among the home technology companies to earn an OTTO (Options Technology/Technology Options) award for its "Build on the Possibilities" sales literature.
The award was presented last month at the Techome Builder Conference and Expo. Complete press release

Southwire Completes Acquisition of Essex Electrical Products - Southwire Company has completed its acquisition of the wire and cable assets of Essex Electrical Products, including Essex's plant in Florence, Ala.

Southwire will continue to operate the Florence plant, which manufactures building wire used in residential, commercial and industrial construction. Press Release

Philips Introduces First Simple Plug and Play Lighting Control System - Royal Philips Electronics has announced the introduction of ActiLume, a new easy to install and use, fluorescent lighting dimming system for offices that offers maximum comfort and automatic energy/ CO2 savings of up to 75%.

ActiLume switches the lights in an office automatically on and off on occupancy and regulates the lights down when enough daylight enters the room. A simple push on the sensor is enough to set up the system for open plan or cell office environments.

This means installers and end-users do not have to worry about complicated programming or manual controls. Press Release

Advance Launches New Website Addressing EPAct 2005 and Lighting Upgrade Opportunities - Advance Transformer has launched a unique industry website, which contains valuable information regarding the lighting implications of EPAct 2005, including new Federal tax deduction opportunities available to qualifying energy-efficient lighting installations and other comprehensive benefits associated with energy-efficient lighting upgrades.


Advance, a leading ballast manufacturer based in Rosemont, Illinois, offers a full line of electronic and magnetic fluorescent and magnetic and electronic HID ballasts as well as a broad family of drivers for LED light sources. For more information on Advance's complete product line, visit Advance's website at

P&S unveils its new CWP100 Vacancy Sensors - Pass & Seymour/Legrand (P&S) has unveiled its new CWP100 Vacancy Sensors. Superior style and features make the Vacancy Sensors great for saving energy in light commercial applications.

The CWP100 Vacancy Sensor automatically turns lights off when the room becomes vacant. It features convenient manual “on,” and automatic or manual “off” functions. Installation is quick and easy, with screw pressure-plate back wiring and optional side wiring. The Vacancy Sensor accepts #12 or #14 gauge wire, stranded or solid. A 500-square-foot coverage area and an extra-wide, 180o sensing angle ensure optimum performance.

The Vacancy Sensor handles incandescent, electronic low voltage, magnetic low voltage, fluorescent and compact fluorescent lighting loads, with no minimum load requirement and up to a 500W maximum

Wiremold/Legrand Honored for Product Innovation - Wiremold/Legrand has been awarded a 2005 Innovation Award by Electrical Contracting Products magazine. The VistaT AP architectural column was the top product in the Voice, Data and Video category. The Innovation Award recognizes companies whose products have best responded to electrical contractors' market challenges by offering creative and innovative ideas. Press release


Lightolier Launches - Designing with Light Dot Com - Lightolier has launched a new Web site for designers and architects that includes a 176-page visual selection catalog that gives designers comprehensive application options and specification information for a broad selection of Lightolier products., a personalized online project management site, allows users to select and store the most appropriate lighting fixtures for a given application while providing key information such as budget pricing, lead times, and technical specifications, as well as the ability to build and export fixture schedules. Press release…



Leviton Offers "Install-and-Forget" Commercial SensorsLeviton is offering a new line of intelligent commercial grade occupancy sensors featuring all-digital, microprocessor circuitry that continually analyzes real-time occupancy patterns in commercial buildings to continually adjust settings for maximum performance. The new line of sensors includes passive infrared, ultrasonic and state-of-the-art multi-technology devices. Complete news release


NEW Receives IMARK Award - Norton Electric Wholesale (NEW) received a Growth Achievement Award at IMARK Group’s Showcase trade show and marketing conference held April 1–2 in Chicago. The award is given to members that accomplish growth through IMARK Group’s Committed to Marketing Excellence (CTME) program. IMARK GROUP, Inc. is a member-owned marketing group made up of independently owned electrical distributors which represent the second largest electrical distribution entity in the United States.

Walter Norton Jr. (center) receives IMARK Group award


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