In a move to grab more of the market for home automation controls, Leviton Manufacturing, Melville, N.Y., has agreed to acquire Home Automation Inc., New Orleans, one of the earliest entrants in the home automation game and one of the larger players in residential and light commercial automation applications.
HAI will operate as a new, standalone business unit, branded HAI by Leviton, and maintain operations in New Orleans. The new business unit will be managed by Jay McLellan, current CEO and president of HAI, who will report directly to Daryoush Larizadeh, Leviton's COO. HAI product lines will soon be available through Leviton's U.S. and international channel partners and distributors. Leviton also plans to provide its builder and contractor network with the necessary training for installing HAI systems.
“Leviton's acquisition of HAI represents a significant expansion of our offerings in the residential market, and furthers Leviton's commitment to providing customers with the latest technologies as affordable, easy-to-use solutions,” said Larizadeh in the press release announcing the deal. “Leviton and HAI are two established brands coming together to offer a complete whole home automation solution that customers can trust.”