News and Announcements

Melville, New York, February 25, 2014 – Leviton announced an expanded engagement throughout 2014 with Alison Rhodes-Jacobson* – The Safety MomSM – for the development of a video and blog series available at the newly launched Learn it at Leviton website ( The website, designed to educate do-it-yourselfers on how to safely complete home electrical projects, will debut the video, “Simple Steps, Smart Choices: The Safety Mom,” featuring Ms.

Coming soon to a postal mail or email inbox near you sometime in March.  We're looking to learn about our electrical contractor readers. As we do every two years, we are sending a random sample of electrical contractors our landmark Profile of the Electrical Contractor survey, which finds out what kind of work you do, how big your company is, and what you want to learn about. It helps us learn more about the industry so that we continue to deliver the kinds of information you need to be successful electrical contractors.

Viewpoint Construction Software has acquired Maxwell Systems, a long time provider of construction software solutions built for contractors including takeoff and estimating, project management and accounting solutions. This acquisition provides Viewpoint the opportunity to extend and increase its ability to provide contemporary and mission-critical software solutions, including estimating, to a broader construction market audience.


Join Electrical Contractor and Leviton to discover how energy monitoring systems maximize efficiency, reduce waste and help in understanding how to better manage energy in both new and retrofit commercial and residential properties. The webinar will include a deep dive into the benefits and challenges of sub-metering and energy monitoring, code requirements, and a look at today’s technology. Learn how to retrieve maximum return on investment and improved levels of conservation to reach energy management objectives. Tuesday, February 11, 20142:00–3:00 p.m. ET

Northford, Conn., Dec. 19, 2013–Fire-Lite Alarms by Honeywell has launched a new website that offers quick access to fire alarm technical documentation, training resources, and tools for system design and business support, as well as an easy means for visitors to connect with Fire-Lite and industry experts using social media platforms, such as Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and open forum blogs.

Reading Area Community College turned to Lutron for help reducing electricity bills in the face of increasing energy and facility maintenance costs. By installing the new Lutron stairwell retrofit fixture solution, the college was able to reduce lighting energy by up to 82 percent in 11 stairwells throughout its campus buildings.

Head on over to ECmagLIVE to watch the latest video from Lutron about wired versus wireless sensors. According to Lutron, wireless sensors save time, energy and money. The video shows two installations and the benefits of a wireless approach. Lutron's Radio Power Savr occupancy/vacancy sensor is the featured product.

Memphis, Tenn., Oct. 10, 2013 – Thomas & Betts has combined its two brands of compression connectors, Blackburn and Color-Keyed, into one brand, Blackburn Featuring the Color-Keyed System, to capitalize on industry recognition of both brands.“Blackburn compression connectors are widely used in the construction industry, while Color-Keyed compression connectors are favored among maintenance electricians in industrial plants,” said Chad Smith, vice president, product management and marketing, at Thomas & Betts.

Generac Holdings Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of generators and other engine powered products, announced on October 7, 2013, the signing of a purchase agreement with Baldor Electric Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ABB Group, to acquire substantially all of the assets of Baldor’s generator products division.