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Senators Outline Pro-Business Agendas to
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During their recent meeting, the NEMA Board of Governors met with Senators Jim Talent (R-MO) and John Thune (D-S.D.), and discussed high energy prices, rising health care costs, and other issues affecting their businesses.


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ABB Wins $76 Million Substation Order in U.K.
ABB has won a $76 million turnkey substation contract with the U.K. utility National Grid to strengthen the power supply southeast of Manchester. 3/24/06

GE, DOE to Partner on Next-Gen Offshore Wind Turbine Design Project
GE has entered into a $27 million partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy to design a next-generation offshore wind turbine. 3/22/06

Honeywell Strikes $12 Million Deal with Saudi Company
Honeywell has signed a $12 million agreement with Saudi Basic Industries Corp. to provide advanced process control and implementation services to SABIC's sites throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 3/20/06

ABB Wins $16 Million Wind Farm Contract in Sweden
ABB has won a contract worth $16 million to supply the power cables to Lillgrund offshore wind farm in Sweden. 3/17/06

Siemens Receives Order to Expand Qatar Power Supply System
Siemens Power Transmission and Distribution has been awarded a major order worth 110 million euros by the Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation for a power transmission system expansion project currently in progress in Qatar. 3/15/06

Econolite Traffic Controllers to Aid in Further Expansion of Gahanna, Ohio, Traffic Plan
Gahanna, Ohio, with the help of Econolite’s distributor Path Master Inc., completed the first system deployment of Econolite’s newest traffic controller, ASC/3. 3/14/06


Mergers & Acquisitions

L-3 Communications Buys Two Companies
L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. has purchased CyTerra and SafeView, companies that develop and manufacture military and homeland security products. 3/23/06

Emerson Acquires Bristol Babcock
Emerson has acquired Bristol Babcock from FKI plc of Loughborough, England, for $121 million. 3/23/06

Phelps Dodge Corp. Completes Sale of Columbian Chemicals Co.
Phelps Dodge Corp. has completed the sale of its Columbian Chemicals Co. subsidiary, a leading manufacturer of rubber and industrial carbon-black products, to a company owned jointly by One Equity Partners LLC, a private equity affiliate of JPMorgan Chase & Co., and South Korean-based DC Chemical Co. Ltd. 3/21/06

GE Acquires Water Company for $656 Million
GE plans to buy Canadian water treatment company Zenon Environmental Inc. 3/16/06

Eaton Reaches Agreement to Purchase Synflex
Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation signed an agreement with Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation to purchase its Synflex business unit. 3/14/06

Schneider Electric Sells Mafelec Subsidiary to GET As Part of a Management Buyout
Schneider Electric announced that it has sold its Mafelec subsidiary to GET, a company formed as part of a management buyout. 3/14/06



Siemens Names New Chief Financial, Chief Technology Officers
German industrial conglomerate Siemens AG is replacing its chief financial and chief technology officers as part of an overhaul of its management board. 3/23/06



Magazines Recognize American Power Conversion as Five-Star Vendor
American Power Conversion has been recognized by CMP Media's VARBusiness and GovernmentVAR magazines as one of North America's top IT vendors. 3/24/06

Johnson Controls Recognized for Supplier Diversity Success
Johnson Controls has been recognized by the World Diversity Leadership Council as winner of the global Corporate Diversity Innovation award in recognition of its supplier diversity joint-venture program and for excellence in collaborating with suppliers in urban, diverse communities. 3/20/06

Kodak Health Group Product Recognized for Design Excellence
A modular digital radiology system from Eastman Kodak Company has received the prestigious iF Seal of Design Excellence. 3/15/06


California Regulators Opt Against Consumers in Household Battery Decision
NEMA is voicing opposition to a California State Department of Toxic Substances Control ruling that California consumers can no longer legally dispose of primary batteries—those standard size alkaline batteries (AAA, AA, C, and D) used most often—in their household trash. 3/23/06

Upcoming Environmental, Health, and Safety Webinars
The NEMA Environmental, Health, and Safety Council  will be conducting several upcoming EHS-related Webinars. 3/23/06

NEMA Chairman Powers to be Honored with NAED Achievement Award
The National Association of Electrical Distributors will honor NEMA Chairman Tim Powers and six other industry leaders at the NAED Annual Meeting on April 24. 3/22/06

IDX2 Passes U.S. Government Evaluation, Becomes Government Approved Value-Added Network
IDEA’s Industry Data Exchange (IDX2) has successfully passed the Electronic Commerce Interoperability Process evaluation program and is now a government approved value-added network. 3/16/06


Cooper Lighting Donates Products to “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”
Cooper Lighting recently donated lighting fixtures to ABC's “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” to accommodate a 5,000 square-foot home in Dewey, Oklahoma, for the episode that aired March 12. 3/20/06

Mission to Louisiana, Mississippi to Explore Gulf Coast Business Opportunities
The Gulf Coast Business Investment mission will offer businesses a forum to see the business opportunities in the Gulf region following the passage of the GO Zone Act of 2005, which provides $8.7 billion in tax relief. 3/17/06

Horses at Equestrian Festival Benefit from Diagnosis With Fuji Technology
FUJIFILM Medical Systems USA provided a computed radiography system for the diagnosis and treatment of horses at the recent Winter Equestrian Festival. 3/17/06

Progress Lighting Joins Urban Renewal Project with “This Old House”
The “This Old House” television series recently invited Progress Lighting to be a part of Mi Casa's urban renewal project, and the company provided selection guidance and lighting fixtures to a beautiful, yet neglected 1879 Italianate brick rowhouse in Washington, D.C.'s historic Shaw neighborhood. 3/14/06


March 27, 2006
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