Around the Industry

July 27, 2012
Cooper Electric moves into new HQ, Philips Lighting looks for growth in LEDs, Acuity helps build green schools

Sonepar’s Cooper Electric to move into new headquarters

Cooper Electric Supply Co./Sonepar USA is relocating its corporate offices and central distribution center (CDC) to 1 Matrix Drive, Monroe Township, N.J. The 260,000-square-foot building is located within easy access to the N.J. Turnpike, Routes 33, 195, 295, 130, 1 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Cooper’s Linden, N.J., branch will remain at its current location. The new CDC will more than double the warehouse space of the previous location. Eventually, there will be a branch added to the facility to service the needs of local customers.

Philips Lighting expects huge growth in LED sales by 2015

Philips Lighting, Somerset, N.J., the U.S. subsidiary of Holland’s Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV, is already generally considered to be the largest supplier of LED lighting products in the United States, but it looks like the company will soon be selling even more LEDs. According to information released in the company’s 2Q 2012 financial report, global LED-based sales grew by 37% year-on-year and now account for 20% of the company’s total lighting sales. Company executives expect LEDs to account for 45% of the total lighting market’s sales by 2015.

Acuity joins volunteer initiative to build green schools in Phoenix

As part of its initiative to promote and deliver high-performance school lighting, Acuity Brands Inc., Atlanta, is continuing its support of the Green Schoolhouse Series, which has broken ground on its second project in Phoenix. The self-described “studio-themed” addition to the Orangewood School is a state-of-the-art schoolhouse designed to achieve Platinum status under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard. Orangewood School is a K-8 school in the Washington Public School District. The 6,000 square-foot “studio-themed” school features the full breadth of Acuity’s lighting and controls portfolio, including advanced indoor and outdoor lighting using both LED and traditional high-efficiency fluorescent light sources, together with integrated controls.