2020 30 Under 35 Profile: Alex Piwoschuk

Alex Piwoschuk is a 35-year-old Director, Electrical Sales at Graybar. Alex joined earned the “2012 Rookie of the Year” award in his first year at Graybar. In his current role, he has responsibility for more than $275 million of electrical sales in a five-state region.

US Industrial Production Jumps 1.6% in December

Industrial output is still about 3.3% below its level in February before the pandemic hit.

NAM Names Chair, Vice Chair for Council of Manufacturing Associations

Robb MacKie of the American Bakers Association will serve as chair, and Phil Bell of the Steel Manufacturers Association will serve as vice chair.

U.S. Retail Sales Fell in December for 3rd Straight Month

The report released Friday is yet another sign that the pandemic is slowing the U.S. economy.

Good Friend Electric Opens 6th Location

WALL, N.J. — Good Friend Electric has just opened its sixth location, a lighting showroom in Wall, New Jersey. The 6,000-square-foot brick and mortar storefront was acquired in 2020 and opened in early December. The new showroom offers a full array of lighting, ceiling fans and accessories, as well as generators and electrical supplies.

The Wall Township site is now among six Good Friend Electric showrooms in New Jersey, with other locations in Toms River, Lakewood, Brick, Manahawkin, and Lacey.

The showroom is located at 1245 18th Ave., near the intersection of Route 35.

Amerlux Announces Partnership with Vyv

OAKLAND, N.J. — Amerlux announced a partnership with Vyv, a health tech company whose signature continuous-use, non-UV antimicrobial light technology will be added into Amerlux’s lighting fixtures.

The partnership represents a groundbreaking venture for Amerlux, which in recent months has sought to broaden its product portfolio in response to customer demand for lighting that can help clean environments. Within 90 days, Amerlux will integrate Vyv’s antimicrobial light technology into a variety of existing and new product lines. The antimicrobial lighting targets microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, yeast and mold while also meeting international standards for continual and unrestricted use around people, animals and plants.

“We are ecstatic to join the front lines in the fight to combat illness with this unprecedented technology,” said Chuck Campagna, President and CEO of Amerlux. “Lighting takes on a whole different dimension as we integrate antimicrobial properties into our fixtures to reduce the number of bacteria and other microbes we come into contact with on a daily basis.”

Utilizing a spectrum composed of visible light, this proprietary technology works around the clock to fight off microorganisms by inhibiting their growth and ultimately destroying these microbes. It is ideal for high-traffic public areas where people congregate, such as airports, hospitals, hotels, gyms and schools. Independent third-party studies, along with research commissioned by Vyv have shown a reduction of more than 90 percent in surface contamination across these settings when used on a continual basis.

“It is very exciting for Vyv to be partnering Amerlux as we continue to expand availability of our non-UV antimicrobial light technology,” said Kristin May, Chief Commercial Operations Officer for Vyv. “The combination of Amerlux as a known and trusted brand and Vyv’s proven antimicrobial technology is a great match as we continue to deliver on our mission of creating a cleaner world for us all.”

Vyv’s non-UV antimicrobial light works to excite porphyrin molecules that are exclusively found in microorganisms. This, in turn, creates excessively toxic Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS), thereby stopping reproduction and killing these microorganisms. Compared to antimicrobial wipes or ultraviolet light that may sanitize at only one given point in time, Vyv’s always-on, always-there presence results in environments that are inhospitable to the growth of microbes.

HWCC to Sell Southwest Wire Rope Division

Proceeds from the sale will allow Houston Wire & Cable to reduce debt.

Amazon Expands in Metro Detroit, Creates Thousands of New Jobs

Amazon announced its continued investment in the metro Detroit area with five new buildings, creating more than 2,000 permanent full- and part-time jobs.

NEMRA Announces Board, Committee Appointments

Three new officers will join NEMRA’s Board of Directors and four new executive committee members will join the NEMRA Manufacturers Group (NMG). 

US Unemployment Claims Jump as Virus Takes Toll

The high pace of layoffs coincides with an economy that has faltered as consumers have avoided traveling, shopping, and eating out in the face of soaring viral caseloads.