Published In May 2001
Emcor Group, Norwalk, Conn., has acquired Ferguson Electric Co., Colorado Springs, Colo., from Encompass Services Corp. With revenues in 2000 of over $11 million, Ferguson performs all phases of commercial and industrial electrical construction and will operate as a division of Emcor’s Denver-based subsidiary, Dynalectric. Graybar, St. Louis, has purchased Commonwealth Controls Corp., Richmond, Va., an automated controls distributor with annual sales of about $10 million. Graybar also announced that it has relocated its branches in Austin and Lubbock, Texas, to much larger, newer facilities. Ideal Industries, Sycamore, Ill., has expanded its DataComm business with the acquisition of the LAN division of Wavetek, San Diego, Calif. This action adds certification testing products to Ideal, strengthening its line of datacommunications testers. Fluke Networks, Everett, Wash., has acquired Fotec, Medford, Mass., a leading provider of fiber optic test equipment and structured cabling education. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but Fotec’s 2000 revenues were less than $5 million, and Fluke Networks will acquire all products and technology and hire all people associated with the company. Siemon Co., Watertown, Conn. expanded its fiber optic product line by acquiring the fiber optic division of Advanced Custom Applications (ACA), Belle Meade, N.J., a company specializing in the manufacture of innovative fiber splice products. Siemon also announced that it had signed a certified reseller agreement for its cabling system installations with ShoreGroup, New York City. AVO International, Dallas, has acquired the Metrosonics line of power quality instruments, which will be manufactured, supported, and serviced at AVO’s facility in Valley Forge, Pa. The acquisition will enable AVO clients, especially electric utilities, to access the latest instruments used in power quality, testing, and measurement from one single source. Rockwell International Corp., Greenville, S.C., will change its name to Rockwell Automation to better reflect the company’s business focus after the planned spin-off of Rockwell Collins, the firm’s avionics business, as an independent publicly traded company. TradePower, Lithicum Heights, Md., has completed the acquisition of Estimation, Inc., a leading provider of software for contractors, and Trade Service Systems (TSS), a market-leading provider of total business systems for the wholesale distribution industry. TradePower will offer the full line of TSS and Estimation products, and both companies will assume the TradePower corporate name and identity. “Estimation” will become the brand name for the company’s premier estimating software product, Bidmaster. Quanta Services, Houston, has purchased substantially all of the assets of Utility Construction & Technology Solutions LLC, the electric power contracting subsidiary of Cleco Corp., Pineville, La. UtiliTech serves a seven-state area, providing utility construction services in the distribution, transmission, and substation segments of the power industry. ADT Security Services has acquired Scana Security, Columbia, S.C., from Scana Corp., in a $24.5 million transaction. ADT’s purchase serves about 15,000 residential customers, offering electronic alarm installation and monitoring services. ADT provides total security services to more than 4 million commercial, federal, and residential customers. Amtech Lighting Services, Anaheim, Calif., has made a cash acquisition of SLI Lighting Solutions LLC, a leading supplier of lighting products. Amtech had revenues of more than $120 million in 2000 and is a world-class provider of lighting services. GE Supply, Shelton, Conn., now offers through gesupply.com the Interactive Transformer Guide, the second in a line-up of guides available from the new Web site. Like all the guides, the transformer guide is designed to easily lead site customers through the process of identifying the optimal product solution based on individual needs. Energetics Inc., Columbia, Md., is looking for information on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency. Any organization with a newly built Combined Heat and Power (CHP) facility is asked to register it with the Combined Heat and Power Registry at www.eren.doe.gov/der/chp to help in tracking the progress of doubling CHP capacity in the United States by 2010. Those who register will receive a Certificate of Recognition from DOE and EPA, honoring their dedication to the CHP 2010 goal, and a six-month membership in the U.S. Combined Heat and Power Association, valued at $2,500. Copper Development Association, New York City, is offering to electricians and electrical contractors a ready-to-mail brochure containing a 10-question checklist of likely customer needs. This cleverly folded, preprinted mailer is designed to attract the attention of homeowners and apartment dwellers. CDA offers the brochure free to professional contractors and organizations in quantities up to 200 or at a nominal cost for larger amounts. For more information or to order copies, contact Bill Black at (800) 232-3282.