Big Deals

Yes, the economy stinks. But that doesn't mean some companies didn't bag some huge orders. Here are some of the multi-million dollar orders that made news in 2009:

Resin Systems Inc., Calgary, Alberta, a manufacturer of advanced composite products for infrastructure markets, won a $100-million contract for its RStandard utility poles with HD Supply Utilities, Atlanta, North America's largest electric utilities distributor.

Dynalectric Co., a subsidiary of EMCOR Group Inc., Norwalk, Conn., will be busy at the job site of the new U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The company will install the electrical systems for the nine-level, 1,300,000-square -foot base office building and two parking garages, as well as the electrical systems required at a 65,000-square-foot central utility plant.

Cree, Inc., Durham, N.C., will provide energy-efficient LED lighting to Walmart for new stores and renovations. Walmart plans to install Cree LRP-38 LED light bulbs in 650 stores during the first year, replacing ceramic metal-halide in its produce and electronics departments. Cree's LR6 recessed LED downlights are also being used in new construction applications.

Nexans won a contract worth approximately $83.9 million to supply the subsea power export cables for phase I of the Belgian Belwind Offshore Windfarm project, located on the Bligh Bank, approximately 28 miles off the coast of Zeebrugge, Belgium. Upon project completion, Nexans' cable technology will transmit power to 165,000 households in Belgium. Nexans will supply and install approximately 32 miles of 170kV high-voltage power export cable with an optical fiber insert to the Dutch EPC contractor, Van Oord Dredging & Marine Contractors b.v.

Prysmian Cables & Systems, Milan, Italy, supplied approximately 3,100 miles of energy and telecommunications shipboard cables for the largest cruise ship in history, the Oasis of the Seas. Prysmian also won the contract for the delivery of all of the marine cables to be installed on the Oasis of the Seas sister ship, Allure of the Seas, owned and operated by Royal Caribbean. The new agreement, which represents the second step of the Genesis Cruise Vessel project, covers the supply of power and telecommunication cables for approximately $6.7 million.

Servidyne Inc., Atlanta, a building performance efficiency and real estate company, has started work on a major energy-efficient lighting retrofit project at the United States Navy Base in Guam that will save the U.S. Navy an estimated $825,000 in annual energy expenses.

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