Leviton appoints supply chain exec
Lighting manufacturer Leviton has announced the appointment of Steve Nikrant to the position of VP supply chain. Nikrant will be responsible for designing, developing, implementing and recommending policy and procedures for the distribution, transportation, order fulfillment, procurement/sourcing and customer service functions. He will also be accountable for ensuring customer satisfaction and controlling costs.
Nikrant comes to Leviton from Eaton Corp., where he was VP supply chain for the hydraulics group. There he managed a 400-plus employee global supply chain function, and developed, deployed and executed global supply strategies supporting more than 50 manufacturing plants.
Headquartered in Melville, N.Y., Leviton is a global supplier of electrical wiring devices, data center connectivity solutions and lighting energy management systems.
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Retail sales grow, including NAICS 444
The U.S. Census Bureau announced that advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for February were $387.1 billion on a seasonally adjusted basis. That’s up 1.0% from $383.4 billion in the previous month, and up 8.2% from $355.6 billion in the same month last year.
Total sales for the December 2010 through February 2011 period were up 8.2% from the same period a year ago.
Looking specifically at NAICS classification 444 — Building material & garden equipment & supplies dealers — advanced sales for February were $24.835 billion; that’s up 0.5% from $24.687 billion in January, and up 10.9% from $22.384 billion in February 2010.
The Advance Monthly Sales report also revealed general retail trade sales were up 0.9% from January 2011, and up 9.5% compared with last year. Consumers are also spending more at gasoline stations — up 12.9% from last year.
All the figures above are adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes.
Lighting Science Group hires new exec
Lighting Science Group, a maker of LED-based lighting, has announced the appointment of Jose Sierra as its new VP customer satisfaction. Sierra will oversee all aspects of customer support. He reports to John Stanley, Lighting Science Group’s chief operating officer.
Prior to joining Lighting Science Group, Sierra was the director of quality and reliability and continuous improvement at DRS Technologies. He also worked at Bosch Security Systems as director of quality and reliability, and at Lockheed Martin, where he held the position of manager of supplier quality assurance. Sierra also worked as a quality associate manager with Motorola.
Headquartered in Satellite Beach, Fla., Lighting Science Group designs, develops, manufactures and markets LED bulbs, lamps, and luminaires for both indoor and outdoor applications. The company also has offices in Goes, The Netherlands, and Sydney, Australia.
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