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Siemens expanding its building technology division

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Siemens USA is seeking to fill more than 400 open positions in its building technologies division, the company announced, as it expands its portfolio of intelligent building automation and lighting controls, energy management and smart grid solutions, as well as renewable energy alternatives from solar to biomass.

Open positions in the building technologies division are based in various cities spread across 39 states in the U.S., and require skills and/or experience in building systems and energy efficiency, field service and sales, installation and project management, product marketing, and electrical and mechanical engineering. 

"Buildings are actually the world’s biggest energy users, even ahead of transportation and industry, consuming one-third of the electricity in the U.S.," said Daryl Dulaney, president and CEO of Siemens Industry, Inc. "Siemens is looking to hire 400 new employees to support sales as well as the subsequent engineering and servicing of buildings targeted for retrofit or modernization to lower energy consumption, reduce CO2 emissions, and improve the bottom line for city budgets."  

More information about the positions can be accessed by clicking here. 

Siemens Corp. is a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, a global manufacturer of electronics and electrical engineering, operating in the industry, energy and healthcare sectors. Siemens reported worldwide revenue of $102.9 billion in fiscal 2010. Siemens in the USA reported revenue of $19.9 billion.

 

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EcoBlu forms truss division

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EcoBlu, a manufacturer of treated lumber, has announced the formation of a new business called E Build &Truss. Located on several acres in Oceanside, a Southern California beach town near the company’s headquarters in Vista, the facility will offer full turnkey products and services to production builders including Red Shield lumber, labor and truss packages. The business will also be able to produce pre-fabricated house packages.

EcoBlu Products, Inc. is a manufacturer of proprietary wood products treated with an eco-friendly proprietary chemistry that protects against fire, mold/mycotoxins, fungus, rot-decay, wood ingesting insects and termites. Products include various building components constructed of wood, from joists, beams and paneling, to floors and ceilings. 

 

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Universal Forest Products announces cuts

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Universal Forest Products Inc. (UFPI) has announced “cost reductions that will result in annualized savings of $10 million” due to weak sales during the first five months of 2011. The Grand Rapids, Mich. company did not specify where or when these cuts will take place; they do not include one-time charges related to reductions, however.   

Year-to-date net sales through May 2011 were down 9.5% to $765 million, the wood products supplier reported, including a decline of 15% percent in net sales to retail customers. UPFI also said its results were affected by “significantly higher fuel prices,” which contributed to a decline in gross margin to 10.5%, or a year-to-date decline of 2.2 percent in May 2011 from the same period of 2010. The decline in year-over-year net sales was due, in part, to lower lumber prices in 2011.

The June 24 announcement comes several days after Michael Glenn, the CEO of Universal Forest Products, resigned his position for health reasons. Glenn has agreed to stay on during the board’s search for a replacement, the company said.

 

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