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Leviton to Keep Separate Reps for Lighting Brands While Integrating Lighting and Controls 
Larizadeh said the current product mix of Leviton Lighting is oriented to architectural and spec-grade products but he hopes to add more, either through acquisition or organically through new product development.
MLS Sees Private-Label JV with Lighting Science Building on Existing Partnership 
The companies have worked together for two years on private-label production for Home Depot and the move to establish a separate company seeks to expand on that history, said Lawrence Lin, executive general manager of MLS.
Omni Cable to Help Schneider, Eaton Establish Channel for Molded-Case Breakers 
A key consideration for Omni Cable was making sure its customers would be comfortable with it expanding into the breaker market.
Zekelman Industries Adds Western Tube 
Rucker confirmed that the two brands’ agency representation will continue without changes under the Zekelman umbrella.
GE to Divest Industrial Solutions, Water to Raise $4 Billion for M&A, Buybacks 
GE Industrial Solutions includes the company’s electrical distribution, switchgear and critical power product lines, which are among the products that formed the original foundation of the company. The company competes in these markets against some of the electrical industry’s biggest players.
Schneider Electric Launches IoT Platform and a Developer Community to Support It 
Schneider has been developing the EcoStruxure system in trials with large customers in buildings, industry, data centers and the grid for several years, Banerjee said in a webcast.
Copper Prices Jump More Than 10% After Election But Underlying Causes Unclear 
Many analysts don’t expect the lift to last, based on fundamentals. Goldman raised its price outlook but was still bearish on the direction from current levels, forecasting a surplus of 400,000 metric tons in 2017.
Trump Election Leaves Mostly Questions About Electrical Industry Policy Prospects 
Most of the organizations that represent the electrical industry expect the change of leadership to be overall positive for the industry, particularly if Congress and the Trump administration follow through on promises to lower taxes and reduce the regulatory burden on businesses.
Electric Vehicle Adoption Showing Strength, Driving Charger Network Installations 
The passenger electric vehicles (EVs) market in the United States is projected to have 11.4 million EVs on the road, with cumulative sales of 12 million EVs and a value of over $400 billion by 2025, according to a report put out this week by GTM Research.
ABB Partnerships with Fluor and Microsoft Highlight Plans for Power and Factory Data 
To help drive further growth in its power grids business, ABB announced a partnership with engineering firm Fluor Corp., Irving, Texas, in which the companies will work together on large-scale turnkey engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) offerings for utility substations.
Phone Co. Eyes Lighting for Its Connections: Verizon Agrees to Buy Sensity Systems 
The move by Verizon is consistent with the changes going on in the lighting and technology markets as connectivity takes the lead said Sensity board member Bernie Erickson.
GE Embraces 3D Printing While Lighting Says Goodbye to Asia and Latin America 
The change will enable the company to focus its resources on improving the company’s profitability serving markets where it has built a bigger presence — North America, Europe and the Middle East.
Louisiana Electrical Businesses Face Long Recovery from Unexpected Floods 
Electrical distributors and reps in Louisiana tell us that people in the area are still doing initial cleanup and assessing the damage. Over the next few weeks the rebuilding should begin and distributors are making sure they have plenty of inventory in stock or on order to supply the effort.
MLS and Forest Lighting Look to Future with Osram 
Best known in the North American market for its Forest Lighting brand, which has been making inroads over the past couple of years in the electrical distribution market, MLS is one of the largest manufacturers of LED lighting for the consumer market in China.
AMA Warning on LED Street Lighting Provokes Comments from Lighting Industry 
NEMA said the AMA recommendations may compromise the ability of the lighting system to meet all critical design criteria for each unique application, and is not supported by the current body of research.
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