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Thomas Morgan named Leviton’s director of product management

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Leviton has hired Thomas Morgan as the director of product management for the Security & Automation business unit. In his new role, Morgan will be responsible for helping to guide the future of Leviton’s smart, integrated products, including the Vizia RF+ Z-Wave product family.

“Mr. Morgan is an industry icon with a vast familiarity of the automation industry, product interoperability and integrator education, offering Leviton a unique perspective,” said Jay McLellan, president, Leviton Security & Automation. “We are excited to have him join the growing team and look forward to the continual innovation of the Security & Automation solutions offerings.”

Prior to joining Leviton, Morgan spent the past 13 years as the chief technical officer for Worthington Distribution and the VP of Worthington University. Previously, he spent 10 years in security and automation manufacturing with Home Automation and Apex.

He has chaired the Consumer Electronics Association’s TechHome Mark of Excellence Awards Committee and worked with the Z-Wave Alliance’s interoperability displays shown at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) tradeshows. 

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Remodeling Market Index rose in Q3

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The Remodeling Market Index (RMI) rose two points to 57 in the third quarter of 2013, the highest reading since the first quarter of 2004, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). 

The RMI’s current market conditions index rose from 54 in the previous quarter to 58, the highest reading since the creation of the RMI in 2001, driven partly by rising existing home sales.

An RMI above 50 indicates that more remodelers report market activity is higher (compared with the prior quarter) than report it is lower. The overall RMI averages ratings of current remodeling activity with indicators of future remodeling activity. 

“The growth in home equity and home sales prompted hom owners to remodel as they prepare to move or undertake upgrades that they put off during tough times,” said NAHB Remodelers chairman Bill Shaw, GMR, GMB, CGP, a remodeler from Houston. “NAHB Remodelers looks forward to continuing our tradition of professional service and craftsmanship as the housing recovery makes progress.”

All three major components of the RMI’s current market conditions index increased in the third quarter. Major additions and alterations increased from 51 to 55, minor additions and repairs from 55 to 58, and maintenance and repair from 57 to 59. The future market indicators component of the RMI remained even with the previous quarter reading of 56.   

Regionally, the RMI registered two consecutive quarters of gains in the Northeast, Midwest and West. In the South, the RMI edged down slightly in the third quarter after a five-point gain the previous quarter. All four regions were above 50 and higher in the third quarter than in the first quarter of 2013.

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Emerson Air Comfort recalls outdoor ceiling fans

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Emerson Air Comfort Products has recalled 52-in. Tommy Bahama outdoor ceiling fans due to risk of injury. The company received three reports of fan blades detaching, including one report of a laceration to a consumer who was hit in the back of the head by a falling blade.

Consumers should stop using the fans and contact Emerson Air Comfort Products to schedule a free in-home repair or to order a free do-it-yourself repair kit.

The fans were sold at fan and lighting stores nationwide and online at EmersonFans.com and Amazon.com from April 2010 through July 2012 for about $350.

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