Leviton, Legrand complete data, automation acquisitions

Oct. 1, 2006
Leviton Manufacturing Company, Inc. (www.levitonvoicedata.com), a manufacturer of electrical and electronic wiring devices...

Leviton Manufacturing Company, Inc.(www.levitonvoicedata.com), a manufacturer of electrical and electronic wiring devices and voice and data platforms, has acquired Fiber Connect Inc. (www.fiber-connect.com), a Chicago-based provider of data center fiber-optic systems.

“With this acquisition-our second fiber-optic related acquisition in less than 24 months-our voice and data division broadens its suite of data center products,” comments Daryoush Larizadeh, Leviton’s senior vice president. “This suite now includes quick-turn, custom, high-performance fiber solutions, a full range of Category-rated connectivity, including 10G, as well as cable management and power solutions.”

“As Fiber Connect reaches its tenth year in business, we are proud to join Leviton,” adds Ron Berrettini, president and founder of Fiber Connect. “We can now better serve our clients with Leviton’s global manufacturing and logistics capabilities, as well as reach a new set of customers in cooperation with Leviton’s sales force. As technology infrastructure evolves, and increases in importance, we will become a global integration organization.”

Fiber Connect is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Leviton, reporting into that company’s voice and data division, which is led by vice president and general manager Ross Goldman.

“Data center infrastructure spending is growing rapidly and increasing in complexity,” remarks Don Hendler, president of Leviton. “We have worked with Fiber Connect over the past few years and we look forward to bringing the benefits of a broad, high-performance solution to Leviton’s customers worldwide.”

The complete Leviton fiber-optic product line includes a range of pre-terminated and field-terminated fiber products, as well as standard and made-to-order fiber-optic cable assemblies (trunks), enclosures, and cable management and overhead raceways.

Legrand (www.legrandna.com) has acquired Vantage Controls (www.vantagecontrols.com), a manufacturer of automated control and dimming systems for residential and commercial applications.

Headquartered in Orem, Utah, Vantage Controls has been renamed Vantage/Legrand, and becomes Legrand’s sixth North American business group. Legrand says the acquisition makes it one of the continent’s top providers of control and automation solutions.

According to Legrand, Vantage/Legrand offers a powerful means to integrate lighting, audio/video, window treatments, heating, cooling, security, and other functions into one central system. Legrand contends that the combined company is well-positioned for expansion, as consumer demand for control and automation increases in residential and commercial markets.

“Lighting control and automation are seeing significant double-digit growth, and this acquisition ensures we have the increased capacity, expanded product lines, and sales channels to meet the growing demand,” comments John Selldorff, president and CEO of Legrand North America.

Adds Ron Wilson, president of Vantage/Legrand, “There are expansion opportunities through Legrand North America’s established and emerging channels, partners, and markets. We’ll leverage best practices, and international expansion is anticipated, especially in collaboration with Legrand’s Bticino business, headquartered in Italy.”

The parent company, based in Limoges, France, is a worldwide specialist in providing products and systems for low-voltage electrical installations and data networks.

Headquartered in West Hartford, CT, Legrand North America is a business of Legrand, whose other units include:

On-Q/Legrand, provider of structured wiring infrastructure and developer of home communications and entertainment systems; Ortronics/Legrand, manufacturer of premise wiring connectivity products; Pass & Seymour/Legrand, manufacturer of electrical and network wiring devices; Watt Stopper/Legrand, provider of energy management and lighting control products; and Wiremold/Legrand, provider of wire management and cabling systems.

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