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Leviton acquires Home Automation

BY Brae Canlen

Leviton has announced the purchase of Home Automation Inc. (HAI), a privately held company that provides controls for residential and light commercial applications. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. HAI will enhance Leviton’s current home automation offerings by offering homeowners solutions that combine security, energy management and entertainment controls in user-friendly applications.

HAI has a wide-ranging product offering, from systems that allow homeowners to control their automated video surveillance system and audio devices over the Internet to programmable thermostats and light switches accessible directly from a smart phone.

Leviton’s acquisition of HAI represents a significant expansion of our offerings in the residential market, and furthers Leviton’s commitment to providing customers with the latest technologies as affordable, easy-to-use solutions,” said Leviton CEO Daryoush Larizadeh.

HAI will operate as a new, standalone business unit, branded HAI by Leviton, and maintain operations in New Orleans. The new business unit will be managed by Jay McLellan, current CEO and president of HAI, who will report directly to Larizadeh. HAI product lines will soon be available through Leviton’s U.S. and international channel partners and distributors. Leviton also plans to provide its builder and contractor network with the necessary training for installing HAI systems.

Based in Melville, N.Y., Leviton provides solutions through its electrical wiring devices, network and data center connectivity solutions, and lighting energy management systems.

 

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Readers respond: 10-years for improper asbestos removal

BY HBSDEALER Staff

 

An article headlined “Illinois contractor gets 10-year sentence for asbestos violation” generated the following reader comments:

“All contractors should be licensed.  Part of the licensing process should be environmental awareness and the process associated with it.  I get more and more angry everyday seeing dishonest, unscrupulous contractors putting customers at risks while driving down prices so that capable honorable contractors cannot compete.
“As you can tell, I have little sympathy for people that willingly violate any laws, environmental or otherwise.  I may not agree with all the laws but if it is the law then we should be accountable to them.  Too often now days people are not held responsible for their actions.  This case did not appear to be about someone caught up in a situation of which they were unaware but more of an intent to subvert the law.  His unethical action put unknowing workers and the public at risk.
“However, I do feel that our courts have lost sight of fairness in penalties of certain crimes.  If crimes concerning murder, rape and assaults were dealt with this harshly I think we would be living in a safer environment.  It seems if you kill someone the penalty for killing them would not be as severe as dumping their body in a river and being convicted for polluting the river.”
— Joe Patton

"10 years is absolutely ludicrous! A violation of this sort warrants a fine, not a jail term. Child abuse, rape, murder, multi-billion dollar mortgage/bank frauds warrant jail time. How could a justice system give a contractor jail time while bank  executives who basically trashed the entire American financial system are not even taken to court? (Oh, that’s right — they got bailouts instead of jail time.)  

— Chuck Crocker
Winnipeg, Canada

 

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RONA and Lowe’s: battle of the microsites

BY Brae Canlen

Canadian retailer and distributor RONA has launched a “microsite” to combat what it considers  a hostile takeover attempt by U.S.-based Lowe’s, which currently operates 31 stores in Canada. On the microsite page, Rona gives the background of the $1.85 billion unsolicited bid from Lowe’s on July 8, and the reasons its board has decided against the proposal.

Lowe’s has launched a similar microsite, which starts with the chronology of the original non-binding proposal. But the two companies prefer different outcomes, of course. Lowe’s believes a merger would be better for RONA’s stakeholders and customers alike.

The companies also differ on whether Lowe’s is attempting a hostile takeover. 

Here’s RONA’s view:

“Lowe’s indicated that it had held discussions with a number of shareholders of RONA and proposed entering into a board-supported transaction,” the Boucherville, Quebec-based retailer stated. Although the current RONA board opposes the transaction, Lowe’s has indicated it intends to still move forward with the proposed acquisition, according to RONA.

On its microsite, Lowe’s said it was only trying to get the word out. 

“It is important for the public to understand that Lowe’s has made a non-binding proposal only to the RONA Board of Directors, which the RONA Board has rejected. We are making our proposal public to enable the shareholders and stakeholders of RONA to become fully informed about the proposal so that they may make their views known to the RONA board of directors.

“There is no assurance a deal will be consummated.”

 

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