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April 2, 2019

Logos for GE's Current and American Industrial Partners

GE has completed the sale of its Current, powered by GE business unit to American Industrial Partners (AIP), a New York-based private equity firm focused on buying, improving and growing industrial businesses. Financial details were not disclosed.

Current’s portfolio spans LED and traditional lighting solutions, along with a wide variety of intelligent controls, sensors and software. The business delivers energy savings and operational productivity for its customers, which include commercial offices, retail stores, industrial facilities and cities. Under a long-term licensing agreement, Current will continue using the GE brand on its products and services moving forward.

“Three and a half years ago, we formed Current as a new kind of startup within the walls of GE, and today we are thrilled to celebrate the successful conclusion of that journey as we prepare to embrace our next,” said Maryrose Sylvester, President & CEO of Current. “American Industrial Partners is an excellent fit for our people and technology. Current has an important role to play in this emerging industry, and we look forward to working with our customers to continue building the future of digital lighting innovation.”

The consumer lighting business of GE Lighting is not included as part of the transaction.

Current is the digital engine for intelligent environments. The company blends advanced LED technology with networked sensors and software to make commercial buildings, retail stores, industrial facilities and cities more energy efficient and productive. Backed by a broad ecosystem of technology partners, Current is helping businesses and cities unlock hidden value and realize the potential of their environments.

American Industrial Partners is a private equity firm that makes control investments in industrial businesses serving domestic and global markets. The firm has been active in private equity investing since 1989. To date, AIP has completed over 95 transactions and currently has approximately US$7 billion of assets under management on behalf of leading pension, endowment and financial institutions. For more information on AIP, visit www.americanindustrial.com 

 

Wholesale SalesWholesale sales rose 0.6% to $64.1 billion in June, partly offsetting the 1.9% decline in May. Sales were up in four of seven subsectors, representing 54% of total wholesale sales.

In dollar terms, two subsectors — miscellaneous, and machinery, equipment and supplies — contributed the most to the increase in June, while the motor vehicle and motor vehicle parts and accessories subsector posted the largest decline.

 

 

 

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Lori Bagazzoli, Regional Sales Manager for Viscor, is a 20-year industry veteran that has built an interesting career from the bottom up. Beginning as a 19-year old just out of college in customer service with EXM, she gained an intimate knowledge of the electrical and lighting supply business by working her way through various organizational levels.

“I was definitely able to learn the different roles, and understand all the different aspects of the business,” she said, “starting so young, I really had to put in my time to be able to move up.”

 

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