West Hartford, CT, October 29, 2008 - Legrand's North American division announced today that it will combine the back office functions of On-Q/Legrand and Vantage/Legrand into a single operating unit in order to drive greater innovation and growth of Legrand's total home systems business. Legrand will maintain On-Q's and Vantage's strong, distinct customer brands in the marketplace.
"We expect the gains from these changes will enable us to apply the technology innovations and development capabilities from both teams across the entire home systems market," said Doug Fikse, president of Legrand's home systems division. "The operating efficiencies will enable us to invest additional capital into the business, which will accelerate product innovation and sales growth. This reorganization will position us to deliver unrivaled new products and services in record time and will bolster our position as a leader in the home systems market."
Fikse will lead the combined home systems division with a core management team drawn from both former entities. Ron Wilson, formerly President of Vantage/Legrand, will assume the newly-established role of chief technology officer in order to propel the division to new heights of innovation.
The sales organizations of both On-Q and Vantage will remain separate in order to service the unique needs of the different market segments served by each brand. In addition, both the Orem, Utah and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania offices will be maintained. The Orem location will showcase excellence in home controls engineering and technical excellence while the Harrisburg office will act as the divisional headquarters with a focus on business development, marketing and operations.
"With all change comes opportunity," said Fikse. "The future looks bright for the Legrand Home Systems division. Our newly structured organization will give us the foundation to take advantage of our synergies and supercharge our growth in the upcoming years." "In addition, this combination will help the North American team work more closely with the significant home system resources of Legrand S.A., a world leader in this market."
About Legrand North America
Legrand North America, headquartered in West Hartford, Connecticut, is committed to product innovation and world-class service. Our Vision is to be the premier choice for electrical and network infrastructure products, systems and solutions. Employing 2,600 employees across the United States and Canada, Legrand North America has a work environment that promotes personal advancement, pride and achievement. Our success is also based on our recognition that diversity - in people, products, innovation and technology - is an important strength. Our steady growth has been driven both by operational excellence and strategic acquisitions. Our family of brands include Wiremold/Legrand, Pass & Seymour/Legrand, Ortronics/Legrand, Watt Stopper/Legrand, On-Q/Legrand, Cablofil/Legrand, and Vantage/Legrand.