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Pass & Seymour moves into datacom

Feb. 1, 2003
Pass & Seymour/Legrand expanding into the North American market for data communication products with an agreement to buy Ortronics, Inc., Pawcatuck, Conn.

Pass & Seymour/Legrand expanding into the North American market for data communication products with an agreement to buy Ortronics, Inc., Pawcatuck, Conn. Details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Ortronics, with approximately 300 employees, produces premises wiring hardware utilized in voice, data and video connectivity. Ortronics will continue to operate as an independent company and maintain an independent sales force, according to Doug Bottego, Pass & Seymour/Legrand's vice president of finances and chief financial officer. The Ortronics management team also will remain intact. Ortronics has locations in Connecticut, Florida, Costa Rica, the U.K., Italy, Malaysia and China.

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Doug has been reporting and writing on the electrical industry for Electrical Wholesaling and Electrical Marketing since 1992 and still finds the industry’s evolution and the characters who inhabit its companies endlessly fascinating. That was true even before e-commerce, LED lighting and distributed generation began to disrupt so many of the electrical industry’s traditional practices.

Doug earned a BA in English Literature from the University of Kansas after spending a few years in KU’s William Allen White School of Journalism, then deciding he absolutely did not want to be a journalist. In the company of his wife, two kids, two dogs and two cats, he spends a lot of time in the garden and the kitchen – growing food, cooking, brewing beer – and helping to run the family coffee shop.

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