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January 1, 2014

Jones, Kevin

Lafert is given green building award

Lafert North America of Mississauga, Ontario, has been named winner in the Green Building category of the 2014 AHR Expo Innovation Awards competition. Winners in ten categories are to be honored at a ceremony Jan. 22 during the AHR Expo in New York, an HVACR show hosting nearly 2,000 manufacturers and suppliers and more than 55,000 industry professionals from around the world.

Lafert won the honor for its line of high-performance metric motors, which feature reduced size and weight by about 50% compared to other standard a-c motors, metric frame sizes from 71 to 132, and "simple setup and integration to the application resulting in fast installation," among other features, according to Lafert.

One of the ten category winners will be selected as the overall winner of the 2014 AHR Expo Product of the Year Award. Winners receive placards at their booths during the show, as well as etched crystal awards. An additional 37 products were recognized with honorable mentions.

Troy Industrial buys Connecticut motor shop

Troy Industrial Solutions of Watervliet, N.Y., has acquired B&J Electric Motor Repair of Ansonia, Conn., an electromechanical service company offering repairs and sales of motors drives as well as engineering and testing. The sale became official Jan. 1.

It's the first acquisition for Troy Industrial Solutions, a familyowned business that turned 150 years old last year and employs about 70 people. B&J Electric Motor Repair has been in business for 60 years, employs eight, and has sales of about $1.7 million per year, according to Troy Industrial Solutions president and CEO Jason Smith.

Dave Barcomb, general manager of Troy Industrial Solutions, says that "the uniqueness of our business is that we've evolved into an electromechanical support company."

WEG recognized by Brazilian finance magazine

Motor and drive manufacturer WEG was recently chosen as the best mechanical and steel industry company by Epoca Negocios 360, a Brazilian finance magazine.

Companies were chosen in 26 economic sectors, and WEG stood out as the leader in four of them: financial development, corporate governance, innovation, and social responsibility. The company took second place in two categories: future vision and human resources practices.

"Decisions are never made individually," said Harry Schmelzer Jr., WEG president and CEO, in reference to the company's achievement in the corporate governance category. "All of them are made by a committee, executive management, and board of directors."

Megger supports training at Univ. of Buffalo

Test instrument manufacturer Megger of Dallas is offering stateof-the-art test equipment along with the expertise of Megger engineers for students at the University of Buffalo in New York to use to develop new software modules for relay protection test systems.

The project is a joint effort between the Institute for Strategic Enhancement of Educational Diversity Program, an initiative at the University of Buffalo championing diversity in science and engineering, and the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program, a unit of the New York State Education Dept, that promotes diversity.

"Using state-of-the-art equipment and being guided by industrial mentors adds value to our student program," says electrical engineering professor Jennifer Zimheld. "Our students get the best of all worlds. They gained support and knowledge from an industrial partner; they are part of a new institute on campus; they participated in multiple programs that immersed them into an intensive research experience; and they have had numerous opportunities to present their work."

ABB wins $80 million Canadian solar order

ABB, the Swiss power and automation technology group, along with partner Bondfield Construction Co. Ltd. of Concord and Kanata, Ontario, has won an order from Canadian Solar Solutions to supply a 100 MW turnkey photovoltaic solar project for the Grand Renewable Energy Park in Ontario. The order is valued at about $80 million.

The plant is part of a $5 billion investment by Samsung Renewable Energy and partners to create a green energy cluster of wind and solar power sources with the capacity to generate 1,369 MW of renewable energy.

ABB will provide a balance-of-system package comprising a range of power and automation products, including ABB's automation platform for conventional power generation and renewable applications. ABB is also responsible for engineering, electrical installation, commissioning, and performance testing of the plant.

Open house inaugurates expanded New Jersey shop

Precision Electric Motor Works, Inc., of Clifton, N.J., held an open house for suppliers and customers Dec. 6 to inaugurate the company's new 40,000-square-foot building. About 400 vendors, customers, and others attended the event, with 12 vendors setting up displays. The company was founded 13 years ago by John Zielonka and his son Peter in a 5,000-square-foot building. Today the company employs nearly 40, and the shop is outfitted with state-of-the-art VPI, a new test center, and 10-ton and 21/i-ton cranes.

The ribbon was cut (photo, above) by Nicholas Zielonka, son of company owner Peter Zielonka, with help from his brother Alex and sister Anna. Surrounding them were (left to right): attorney A. William Sala Jr.; company owner Peter Zielonka (in blue shirt); Peter's wife Jody; Peter's father John Zielonka, who co-founded the company; John's mother Antonina; James Anzaldi, the mayor of Clifton; Peter Zielonka's cousin, the Rev. Dr. Ivan Kasczak; Walter Wargacki, the mayor of Peter's hometown of Wallington, N.J.; and Thomas Giblin, a state assemblyman representing the 34th District of New Jersey.

A cake (above) was baked by a parishioner of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in Passaic, N.Y., and was presented as a gift by the Rev. Andriy Dudkevych, the Zielonka family's parish priest.

Emerson to buy remaining stake in EGS Electrical

Emerson, the St. Louis-based industrial manufacturer, has signed an agreement to acquire SPX Corp.'s 44.5% minority interest in EGS Electrical Group of Rosemont, 111., giving Emerson 100% ownership of the business.

Emerson and SPX have jointly held the business since 1997, with Emerson responsible for operational management and consolidation of results in its Industrial Automation segment. The business had annual revenue in 2013 of more than $500 million.

SPX Corp., of Charlotte, N.C., is a multi-industry manufacturer with operations in more than 35 countries. It is a global provider of products and technologies for the Power & Energy and Food & Beverage industries.

Eaton invests about $6 million in U.K. plant

Eaton, the power management company headquartered in Cleveland, has invested 3.8 million, or about $6 million U.S., at its plant in Worksop, U.K., where rotary cam switches and switch disconnectors are produced for the global market. The investment has "significantly increased the capacity of the plant," according to Eaton.

Eaton's ongoing investment at the factory includes a new injectionmolding plant and ancillaries such as compressors and materials-handling systems, automatic assembly equipment, a new automated test facility for finished switches, and robot-based palletizers to prepare products for shipping.

Expos to cover motors, drives, and magnetics

A pair of conferences being held simultaneously in Orlando Jan. 29-30 will cover motor and drive systems as well as the latest advances in magnetic materials. The conferences will take place at the Rosen Plaza Hotel.

Motor & Drive Systems 2014 will feature sessions on new technologies, future trends, improvements in efficiency, power quality, and methods for reducing losses and harmonic distortion.

Meanwhile, Magnetics 2014 will cover rare earths, the global magnet industry, in-house injection-molded magnets, permanent-magnet motor design, and winding loss minimization.

Attendees at either event will have access to the combined exhibit hall and networking breaks, receptions, and luncheons. For an additional $200, attendees can have access to both conference programs and proceedings.

More information about the Motor & Drive Systems conference, including registration details, may be found at http://www.e-drive Information about Magnetics 2014 may be found at

Graybar opens a pair of Texas branches

St. Louis-based Graybar, the distributor of electrical, communications, and data networking products and provider of related supply chain management and logistics services, has opened new full-service locations in Odessa and La Porte, Tex

The Odessa branch, at 221 S JBS Parkway, will serve the Midland and Odessa, Tex., metropolitan areas as well as the Permian Basin of west Texas and southeastern New Mexico. Branch supervisor Norman McMath will lead the branch's 10 employees.

The La Porte branch, at 11355 Hwy 225 in La Porte, Tex., will serve the Houston Ship Channel Industrial Complex, which includes Harris, Galveston, Brazoria, Fort Bend, and Chambers counties. The branch's six employees will be led by branch supervisor Andy McMahon.

New sales representatives

CW Industries of Southampton, Pa., a manufacturer of switches, connectors, custom components, and contract-manufactured parts for OEM's, has appointed Quality Sales, Inc., located outside Cleveland, as its new sales representative for Indiana and Kentucky.

PowerLink Electrical Sales of Westlake, Ohio, recently added Betafence USA to its list of represented manufacturers. Betafence, of Ennis, Tex., is a manufacturer of residential, commercial, industrial, and high-security fencing.

Edited by Kevin Jones

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Source: Electrical Apparatus

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