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December 14, 2016

Leviton Acquires ConTech LightingLeviton’s acquisition of ConTech Lighting continues its strategic growth in lighting and expands its product offerings and solutions.

ConTech’s product offerings include track, decorative, pendant, cylinder, recessed, sconce, accent, display and emergency lighting fixtures.

“As a leading lighting manufacturer in sustainability, performance and design, ConTech Lighting is a perfect fit into the Leviton family of products, brands and services,” says Leviton CEO Don Hendler. “We are excited to enhance Leviton’s lighting offerings and broaden our portfolio of solutions for customers together with ConTech Lighting.”

The ConTech Lighting acquisition marks Leviton’s second in the lighting industry in the U.S. as the company looks to expand further into this market. In May 2015, the company acquired Intense Lighting, LLC, a leading solutions-based manufacturer of LED luminaires based in Anaheim, CA.

Following the ConTech acquisition, John Ranshaw, President and CEO of ConTech Lighting, will report to Daryoush Larizadeh, President and COO of Leviton. Leviton and ConTech Lighting will continue to maintain their separate agent networks and distribution channels following the acquisition to ensure that customers continue to receive the attention and service they’ve come to expect.

“ConTech Lighting has developed a reputation as a lighting manufacturer committed to providing the best fixture design and product engineering available,” says Ranshaw. “Under the leadership of and collaboration with Leviton, we look forward to developing even more innovative solutions for our customers for many years to come.”

“ConTech Lighting President John Ranshaw and Vice President Tim Brennan led a team of talented people that took a small importer of light fixtures and turned it into a large, engineering-driven light fixture company on the leading edge of LED technology,” says Al Hubbard, Chairman of E&A Companies and owner of ConTech Lighting. “We are delighted to see Leviton embrace the company’s success and proud that ConTech Lighting and its employees will be associated with such a highly respected and successful family-owned company.”

Gurvinder ChopraBy Gurvinder Chopra

This June, Canadians will commemorate Electrical Safety Month; June also marks the fourth month of the COVID-19 pandemic national lockdown. For many Canadians, working from home has become the new normal. As confinement continues, the demand for constant power feed to connect to the world we now live, work, and play in at home has grown substantially. Homes are being equipped with new technologies that offer plenty of benefits, but they also place high demand on electrical systems at home, potentially causing serious safety risks. 

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Building Permits - MarchThe total value of building permits issued by Canadian municipalities decreased 13.2% to $7.4 billion in March, with declines reported in seven provinces and two territories. The $1.1 billion national decrease was the largest since August 2014. This reflected notable drops in Ontario (-12.9%), Quebec (-18.1%) and British Columbia (-19.4%), which coincided with efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.

 Value of residential permits down

The total value of residential permits decreased 13.1% to $4.6 billion in March.

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Harold HayesHarold Hayes, a stalwart of the electrical industry, passed away peacefully in Scarborough, Ontario at the age of 90 on May 9, 2020.

Harold joined the industry as an apprentice at age 18, working first for his father’s business, Power Cable Installations, and then for Comstock. Among his later accomplishments, he formed Federal Pioneer Electric’s electric heating division, served as president of the Ontario Electric League in 1985, and while in his 80s consulted for Intellimeter Canada Inc.

 

 

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Sarah SilversteinBlake Marchand

Sarah Silverstein is a principal with Liteline along side her two brothers Mark and Daniel. Together, they lead the company founded by their father, Steve Silverstein, who retired in 2018.

Although she initially pursued a career in outdoor education, Sarah was instrumental in the company’s expansion into architectural lighting and the U.S. market. She joined Liteline as a project manager in between stints working in outdoor education. Now she leads Liteline’s U.S. distribution arm and marketing department.

 

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