Manufacturers Make Strategic Acquisitions

Legrand acquires Vantage Controls

In a move to further position itself as a leading provider of residential control and automation systems, Legrand North America, West Hartford, Conn., has acquired Vantage Controls, Orem, Utah.

“Lighting control and automation are seeing significant double-digit growth, and this acquisition ensures we have the increased capacity, expanded product lines, and sales channels to meet the growing demand,” said John Selldorff, president and CEO of Legrand North America.

Renamed Vantage/Legrand, Vantage Controls is the sixth Legrand business group in North America. With Vantage Controls' solid and proven reputation for innovation, technology and experienced people, Vantage/Legrand will offer a powerful means to integrate lighting, audio/video, window treatments, heating, cooling, security and other functions into one central system. The company is well positioned for expansion as consumer demand for control and automation increases in the residential and commercial markets.

Leviton purchases Fiber Connect

In a move that broadens its suite of data-center solutions, Leviton Manufacturing Co., Little Neck, N.Y., has acquired Fiber Connect Inc., a Chicago-based provider of data center fiber-optic solutions.

“Data-center infrastructure spending is growing rapidly and increasing in complexity,” said Don Hendler, president of Leviton. “We have worked with Fiber Connect over the past few years, and we look forward to bringing the benefits of a broad, high-performance solution to Leviton's customers worldwide.”

Leviton's suite of data center products now includes quick-turn, custom, high-performance fiber solutions, a full range of Category-rated connectivity including 10G, as well as cable management and power solutions.

Fiber Connect will be a wholly owned subsidiary reporting into Leviton's voice and data division, which is led by Ross Goldman, vice president and general manager. Serving the most advanced data centers in Fortune 1000 companies, Fiber Connect develops and manufactures fiber-optic infrastructure solutions, and provides design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of data centers.

Basler Electric purchases excitation-control product line

This summer, Basler Electric, Highland, lll., acquired Cutler Hammer's excitation control product line. “The well established Cutler Hammer product offerings will open up new opportunities at key utility and industrial generating facilities worldwide and complements Basler's strategic efforts to become a full line excitation system supplier,” said Gary Dolbeare, Basler Electric president and COO.

The Cutler Hammer line offers a complete line of voltage regulators and static excitation systems, including both standard and customized products for small, medium and large generating systems. Also included were all of the excitation products and designs from the Westinghouse Distribution & Control business that became part of Cutler Hammer in 1994.

The combined technology and experience created by the merging of these two synergistic product lines puts Basler in a premier position to provide customers with an excitation-system solution for virtually any generator on new installations or retrofit applications.

Founded in 1942, Basler Electric supplies both protection and control devices to the power industry. Products include protective relays, voltage regulators, genset controllers, custom transformers and digital excitation control systems.

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