Cooper Buys LED Manufacturer

Cooper Industries, Houston, has purchased Irvine, Calif.-based Illumination Management Solutions, Inc. (IMS), a manufacturer of specialized optics and systems for light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

IMS designs and manufactures LED systems and fixtures for a variety of lighting applications. Its LightBAR technology allows for greatly extended design life and performance in roadway and infrastructure lighting as well as safety applications in oil and gas, emergency lighting and other industrial applications. Cooper's other acquisitions in the LED market include Io Lighting and UK-based Clarity Lighting.

As a result of the recent acquisitions, says Cooper Chairman and CEO Kirk Hachigian, “Cooper will be able to bring more LED-based solutions to the market faster across our global portfolio, and it better positions the company to meet the expected global demand for more energy-efficient solutions and infrastructure investment, including the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.”

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