Madison Electric Products, Cleveland, has acquired Smart Pathways, a manufacturer and distributor of Smart LB telecommunications conduit bodies. It’s the second company Madison has acquired through the Sparks Innovation Center, the company’s crowdsourced product development platform.
A Madison Electric press release said conduit bodies have long been part of the installers’ toolbox, but Smart Pathways offers a more advanced solution that solves numerous problems they face on a daily basis. Designed by Ken Bing, managing member of Willow Rest LLC, who drew from his experience as a contractor in both the electrical and data communication areas, the Smart LB conduit body has a built-in elbow that helps prevent cables from getting caught or damaged when they’re pulled around corners. Unlike traditional LBs that have a sharp 90-degree corner, this helps save time and labor during installation.
“We recognize the long-term potential and opportunity in the data communication industry,” said Brad Wiandt, president of Madison Electric Products. “Smart LB conduit bodies complement the existing products we promote in that segment, positioning Madison to establish a much greater presence in this new and growing market.”
Smart Pathways’ existing product portfolio consists of six different SKUs, all of which Madison plans to continue manufacturing after the acquisition is complete. Additionally, Madison will work closely with Bing to determine the best way to take the concept further into the market in the future.
To submit an idea for consideration through the Sparks Innovation Center, visit sparks.meproducts.net