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Leviton unveils OmniTouch7 Touchscreen for smart home control

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Leviton has released the OmniTouch 7 Touchscreen, a glass-front control panel for maintaining security, energy and entertainment smart home features.

"The user-friendly OmniTouch 7 allows for simple setup and intuitive customization for integrators," said Leviton president Jay McLellan. "The new always-there, always-on Touchscreen is plug-and-play, but affords users a variety of options, including showing only necessary icons, the ability to name the building and rooms, separate devices by area and quickly adjust settings like brightness and volume levels."

The OmniTouch features a 7-inch high-resolution screen, large icons, digital microphones and a built-in amplifier and speaker to improve noise and echo cancellation.

Users will be able to view surveillance footage, adjust individual light levels, control thermostats, alert emergency personnel, lock or unlock doors, adjust window coverings and more. It also has the capacity to connect with devices such as additional lights, thermostats or cameras with a simple swipe of the screen.

OmniTouch 7 represents Leviton’s seventh-generation touchscreen offering. The original OmniTouch was first released in 2003.

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Andersen agrees to acquire Weiland

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Andersen Corporation has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Weiland Sliding Doors and Windows, Inc. in a unanimously approved decision by all directors on both boards.

Weiland’s specialty doors posit a strategic interest for Andersen, which is in the process of widening its specialty, outdoor and architectural offerings.

“Specialty doors are a growing market segment as outdoor living spaces have increased in popularity,” said Andersen Corporation chairman, president and CEO Jay Lund. “This acquisition accelerates our entry into this important category and closely aligns with the expansion of our architectural products.”

Weiland’s specialties include lift and slide, folding door products, pivot doors and European tilt and turn windows, with options ranging from curved to corner configurations as well as oversized panels.

Weiland will retain its management structure and operations in the San Diego region. The sale price is undisclosed.

 

 

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Thomas Burke is USG’s newest board member

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USG Corporation has elected Thomas A. Burke, currently president and CEO of Modine Manufacturing Company, to its board of directors.

Burke will serve on the Audit and Governance committees and will make up the ninth independent director on the USG board.

“We are pleased to welcome Thomas Burke to our board,” said Jim Metcalf, chairman of the board, president and CEO of USG Corporation. “His history of leadership, manufacturing knowledge, and extensive international experience will be valuable assets as USG continues to execute Our Plan to Win.”

Burke has been at the helm of Modine since 2008, having previously served as executive VP and COO. He has also maintained several senior positions with Visteon Corporation, Ford Motor Company and Deere and Company. His work experience totals over 30 years.

Burke is also a boardmember with Modine Manufacturing and United Way of Racine County, as well as a trustee of Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI), a member of the board of regents of the Milwaukee School of Engineering and a director of the National Association of Manufacturers.

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