News and Announcements

BETHESDA, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Electrical Contractor magazine has recognized 20 outstanding new products at the 2014 NECA Convention and Trade Show in Chicago with its annual Showstopper Awards. "This year’s diverse Showstopper winners represent the best of new product ingenuity for the growing $130B electrical community," said Electrical Contractor Publisher John Maisel. The 2014 Showstopper winners include:

WEST HARTFORD, Conn., (Sept. 23, 2014) – At this year’s NECA show, Legrand, a leading provider of electrical wiring devices and home systems, will be showcasing a number of solutions that will help electrical contractors grow their businesses.  To learn and see more, visit Legrand in booth #846 from September 28 - 30, 2014, at McCormick Place, West Hall F1, Chicago, IL.

Siemens has been named the most sustainable company in its industry group. The Swiss investment company RobecoSAM compiles the internationally renowned Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) each year for Dow Jones, a provider of financial market indices. In this year’s DJSI, Siemens ranked first in the Capital Goods Industry Group, which includes about 350 companies from seven sectors. Siemens was able to reaffirm its rating from the previous year and achieved a very high total score of 93 out of 100 points (after earning 93 points last year).

COMMERCE, Calif. – August 19, 2014 – The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 11 and Los Angeles Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association announce Net Zero Plus (NZP) and plans to expand the Net Zero Plus Electrical Training Institute (NZP ETI). Together, IBEW Local 11 and LA/NECA represent the second largest electrical labor union partnership of workers and contractors in the United States.

WEST CALDWELL, N.J. – MaxLite, a leading manufacturer of energy-efficient LED lighting solutions, will present a webinar on the topic of Title 24 compliancy at 9 a.m. PST (12 p.m. EST), Friday, September 5. The webinar will review California’s latest Title 24 requirements and inform participants about recent upgrades to the MaxLite product line to meet or exceed its standards. To register for the Title 24 webinar, click here.

On Sept. 24, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR and Westex by Milliken hosted a webinar on the causes and consequences of arc flashes and the 2015 changes to NFPA 70E. The webinar focused on historical data, real accidents, body burn, and the differences between non-FR and FR clothing. Westex by Milliken featured a new HD super slow motion video of arc flashes on real 480V equipment with clothed mannequins in typical working position. The videos, which have led to a significant leap in understanding the arc flash hazard, showed arcs from 0.6 up to 40+ cals.

August 7, 2014—Eaton today announced it is discussing the dangers posed by counterfeit electrical products with members of the Eaton Certified Contractors Network (ECCN) during a training webinar on Tuesday, August 12.

Siemon, a global network infrastructure specialist, is pleased to announce a new webinar that covers the latest data center design configurations and their impact on manageability, cooling, scalability and total cost of ownership. This latest webinar titled, Optimizing Design for Modern Data Centers: Considerations for Choosing Top-of-Rack in Today’s Fat-Tree Switch Fabrics, will be presented by Carrie Higbie, Siemon’s Global Director of Data Center Solutions and Services, and will take place on Aug. 4, 2014 at 1 p.m. EDT.

Lutron Electronics, a manufacturer of energy-saving, wireless lighting and shade control, recently announced a free, 13-city tour as part of its Caséta Wireless Dimmer/Smart Bridge Pro product launch. Designed for both installers and specifiers, the sessions will focus on how to get a head start on the next big profit opportunity—giving clients simple, reliable, affordable control of lights, shades and temperature from a remote, smart phone or tablet.

06/02/2014, MILWAUKEE, WI—Today, Milwaukee Tool announced the acquisition of the Empire Level business based in Mukwonago, Wis. Steeped in history dating back to 1919, Empire Level is a fully integrated solutions provider in the Layout and Measurement product categories. Empire is the leading US manufacturer of levels, squares, layout tools, and safety and utility tape.