Business Briefs for the Week of Sept. 7, 2009

Autodesk, Bobcat, Hawkins Electric

  • Autodesk, San Rafael, Calif., has collaborated with Vela Systems , Burlington, Mass., to integrate Vela Systems' Field BIM Software Suite with Autodesk's Navisworks. Using Vela Systems software, builders on-site can access a data-rich Autodesk Navisworks project model during the construction phase.

  • Bobcat Co., West Fargo, N.D., recently announced that it is transferring all North American machinery production to its original manufacturing facility in Gwinner, N.D. This will result in discontinuing production at Bobcat’s Bismarck, N.D., plant by the end of 2009.

  • Hawkins Electric Service, Beltsville, Md., has joined with ABC Television’s reality TV show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” and partnered with area builders to provide electrical services for a home to be built in the Hyattsville, Md., area. Hawkins will provide electricians, apprentices, labor, and project management for the electrical installation on the project. The company will also donate materials, with the help of local vendors, and will be working with Job Corps students who are interested in learning the electrical trade and participating in the project.

  • Schaedler Yesco Distribution, Harrisburg, Pa., recently signed a Letter of Intent to acquire the assets of Pittsburgh-based Service Electrical Supply Co.. With headquarters in Pittsburgh and a branch located in New Kensington, Pa., Service Electrical Supply Co. is a full-line distributor of electrical components serving contractors, as well as commercial and industrial accounts, in the greater Pittsburgh marketplace.

  • Luminus Devices, Billerica, Mass.-based developer and manufacturer of high light output Big Chip PhlatLight LEDs, has joined the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), Rossyln, Va. PhlatLight LEDs are used in a variety of lighting applications that require high brightness and efficiency, wide white color palette, high color rendering, and very long life. Indoor and outdoor general lighting applications include street lighting, entertainment, architecture, automotive, medical and dental, avionics, manufacturing, and machine vision, as well as display and digital signage markets.

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