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Maurice "Mo" Orlando, Founder of Ortronics, Inc. Passes

Mr. Orlando founded Ortronics, Inc. in Norwich, Conn. in 1966.


NEW LONDON, Conn., May 7, 2014 – Structured cabling pioneer and founder of Ortronics, Inc. Maurice “Mo” Orlando died April 28 at his home in Long Boat Key, Fla. at the age of 91. The announcement was made by Mark C. Panico, President, Data Communications, Legrand, North America. Legrand acquired Ortronics, Inc. in 1998.

“We at Legrand owe Mr. Orlando a debt of gratitude for building the foundation of what has become a leading global player in the Data Communications marketplace and want to recognize him for his vision, vast knowledge and contribution to the structured cabling industry. Please join us in extending our heartfelt condolences and appreciation for all his accomplishments to the Orlando family,” said Panico.

Mr. Orlando founded Ortronics, Inc. in Norwich, Conn., in 1966. He utilized his engineering background to design, build and patent his own assembly line machinery that manufactured electrical coils and wire harnesses. The company also designed and built transformers for IBM, its first major customer. In 1968 and throughout the 1970s, Ortronics continued to build cabling assemblies for the Regional Bell Operating Companies and soon became the largest independent manufacturer of speed relay coils in New England. In the early 1980s Ortronics developed a bridging adapter for Customer Premise Equipment for the telephone industry.

In 1985, Ortronics entered the data communications market with modular patch panels and data adapters designed to work in the twisted pair environment. As the structured cabling industry grew, Mr. Orlando was instrumental in introducing category jacks designed to meet specific industry standards. In 1994, Ortronics set a precedent in the industry with the introduction of the Category 5 modular to 110 Patch Panel. That same year, the first Mighty Mo® cable management system was introduced. The Mighty Mo product family, which was named after Mo Orlando, continues to innovate today with its latest Mighty Mo 20 rack system set to launch this month. .

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Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value and acquisitions are prime vectors for growth. Legrand reported sales of close to $5.8 billion in 2012. Legrand has a strong presence in the North American market, with a portfolio of well-known product lines that include Cablofil, Electrorack, Middle Atlantic, NuVo, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Vantage, WattStopper and Wiremold. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, FTSE4Good, MSCI World, ASPI and DJSI (ISIN code FR0010307819). www.legrand.us