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Amerlux Lighting Solutions , Fairfield, N.J., appointed Dave Silverman to vice president of sales, central region, and Rob Limroth to vice president of sales, Northeast region.
Mitsubishi Electric HVAC opened a sales office in Irvine, Calif., which also houses the Irvine Training Center.
Royal Philips Electronics, Amsterdam, will acquire Lighting Technologies International (LTI), Baldwin Park, Calif. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2007. Upon closing, LTI will become part of Philips’ Special Lighting Applications business group.
Schneider Electric , Rueil-Malmaison, France, completed the acquisition of Pelco Inc . Schneider announced its intent to purchase Pelco on Aug. 1. Schneider Electric acquired all shares of Pelco for $1.540 billion, including an enterprise value on a cash-free debt free basis of $1.220 billion and the net present value of a tax benefit resulting from the step up from Pelco’s assets of $320 million. Pelco was consolidated in Schneider Electric’s accounts as of Oct. 16.
Bosch Security Systems Inc ., Fairport, N.Y., appointed two individuals to its executive team: Christoper Gerace has been named president of the organization and Jeremy Hockham is the new leader of Bosch’s Regional Sales Organization in North and South America.
S&C Electric Co., Chicago, was named one of the 10 winners in Chicago’s Innovation Awards Competition for its TripSaver Dropout Recloser. The winners, chosen from 249 nominees in four states, were honored at a ceremony in the Goodman Theatre in Chicago on Oct. 22. TripSaver protects overhead lateral circuits on electrical distribution system and is used in lieu of a fuse cutout. It eliminates the permanent outage that occurs when the cutout responds to a temporary fault.
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Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.