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Leviton Products Featured on TLC Episode

Leviton’s Decora Smart with Wi-Fi technology lighting controls were featured in the debut episode of TLC’s new “Make This Place Your Home.” The homeowners were introduced to the benefits of wireless Decora Smart lighting, including scheduling, remote lighting control access from anywhere and voice control. The family then self-installed an in-wall Wi-Fi Dimmer (DW6HD) for the dining room chandelier, easily changing the light switch color from the default white to a more “d├ęcor appropriate” black, as well as a Wi-Fi Switch (DW15S) to control table lamps near their entryway. They also added Wi-Fi Plug-In Dimmers (DW3HL) for standard hanging lamps in their living room.

Decora Smart with Wi-Fi light switches, dimmers and plug-in modules provide time-based schedules, free remote control from anywhere and optional integrated voice control with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. The customizable solution provides home and away occupancy modes, autoshutoff countdown timers, integration with Nest devices and the IFTTT service, plus multi-user support. Nearly two-dozen awards have been extended to this smart lighting control solution.

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Electri-Flex Names New Vice President of Sales, Marketing

Electri-Flex Co. has selected Jerry Callaghan for the role of vice president of sales and marketing. He comes to Electri-Flex from Linde LLC where he held progressive sales positions. Most recently he was the business development manager and led a cross-functional group of sales, applications, operations and reliability teams across a diverse manufacturing environment.

Callaghan has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Marquette University and an MBA in finance from DePaul University.

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Ken Hooper Announces Intention to Retire as NEMRA CEO

The Board of Directors of the National Electrical Manufacturers Representatives Association (NEMRA) recently announced that Ken Hooper, president and CEO, will retire from his role in June 2019. Hooper has served as NEMRA’s leader since 2009.

“Ken has been a visionary leader and under his direction NEMRA has grown its membership, introduced numerous innovative programs and propelled our annual conference to be the largest and most productive meeting in the electrical industry,” said Joe Tumlin, chairman of NEMRA. “We will miss his advocacy of the independent representative sales model but are confident our succession plan will yield a leader fully capable of maintaining our momentum.” “With this announcement, the board has activated a search to be conducted by a leading executive recruitment firm. Over the coming months we will be actively engaged in assessing candidates for the position,” said Fran Pollart, NEMRA’s incoming chairman and head of the search committee. “We are focused on finding a dynamic new leader who will work with Ken to ensure a flawless leadership transition.”

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Atkore Senior VP of Sales Retires

Rodney Long, senior vice president of sales at Atkore, has retired from the company. Long was with Atkore for five years, helping build Atkore’s Electrical Raceway presence and supporting stronger relationships with its customers.

Beyond Atkore, Long’s career spans more than 25 years with sales and leadership experience at Cooper Industries and Pass & Seymour Legrand. As Atkore continues its search for a candidate, Peter Lariviere, president of cable solutions, will lead the Electrical Raceway sales organization. Lariviere joined Atkore in 2013 as chief operating officer for AFC Cable and was later promoted to his current role.

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OmniCable Announces New Director of Distribution, Launches New Website

OmniCable Corp. in West Chester, Pennsylvania recently promoted Jimmy Moreno to director of distribution. In this role, Moreno is responsible for the day-to-day operations and leadership of OmniCable’s 12 U.S. distribution centers.

Moreno joined OmniCable in 2011 as the company’s distribution center manager of the Philadelphia branch. Over the years, he led OmniCable’s Philadelphia Distribution Center team and collaborated with the company’s operations and sales departments to deliver improvements to its operations.

OmniCable also recently launched a new website and new brand strategy, the latter of which includes a simplified logo, an updated color scheme and design with a brand positioning and messaging that aligns with the company’s core values.

The new website includes state-of-the-art features with responsive, modern design that allows users to conduct business seamlessly on all electronic devices. The new website features:

  • Enhanced search capabilities to find products with ease
  • Enhanced product information • Updated customer portal
  • New and improved design that’s easy to navigate

The updated brand strategy is built upon OmniCable’s culture and commitment to distribution since its founding. “I am proud of the updated brand that focuses on providing distribution with an exceptional experience and a partnership approach,” said John Dean, OmniCable’s director of marketing and e-commerce.

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Mary Hollenbaugh Joins SATCO Products

SATCO Products Inc. recently welcomed Mary Hollenbaugh as southwestern regional sales manager. Her responsibilities will include managing sales growth, sales personnel, distributor relationships and new business development. Hollenbaugh brings with her more than 15 years of sales experience. Previously, she held the position of regional sales manager for TCP. In addition, Hollenbaugh has a proven track record of facilitating strong business relationships with all personnel in an organization. Her strong winning attitude and personality are assets that will complement and enhance Satco’s ability to meet the needs and demands of the company’s distribution partners as it continues to provide innovative products to the marketplace. Hollenbaugh has earned an LC certification.

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Signify Achieves Carbon Neutrality for Operations in U.S., Canada

Signify recently announced its operations in the United States and Canada are carbon neutral. This achievement was met after the company started operating in these countries on 100 percent renewable electricity in 2016 and compensates for all its remaining carbon emissions as of this year. This is a major milestone toward the entire company becoming carbon neutral in 2020.

Signify has been working to reduce carbon emissions in the United States and Canada for nearly 10 years, implementing energy-efficiency improvements in its factories, utilizing office space more efficiently and increasing the use of renewable electricity to 100 percent in 2016. The electricity is sourced from a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with a windfarm in Texas. The company compensates for the remaining carbon emissions from its industrial operations, offices, warehouses, business travel and logistics.

Signify introduced its “Brighter Lives, Better World” sustainability program in 2016, setting ambitious sustainability goals for 2020 and consisting of two pillars:

Sustainable revenues:

  • 80 percent of revenues will come from sustainable products, systems and services.
  • More than 2 billion LED lamps and luminaires delivered. Sustainable operations.
  • 100 percent carbon neutral for operations.
  • 100 percent use of renewable electricity.
  • Zero waste to landfill in manufacturing.
  • Strive for a safe and healthy workplace with a total recordable case rate of less than 0.35.
  • Ensuring a sustainable supply chain with minimum supplier performance rate of 90 percent.

As part of Signify’s leadership in energy-efficiency measures, it is committed to the World Green Building Council’s initiative to have all the buildings that it is using to be carbon neutral by 2030. In addition to that, Signify supports The Climate Group’s EV100 initiative to operate a 100 percent electric and hybrid lease fleet by 2030 and its RE100 initiative to scale up the use of renewable electricity.

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