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December 28, 2018

Legrand acquires Wisconsin lighting manufacturer

Gateway Technical College | Flickr Creative Commons Kenall CEO Jim Hawkins speaks at a technical college in 2013, as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (who leaves office next month) and others look on. Legrand has acquired Kenall for an undisclosed price.

France-based electrical and digital building infrastructure specialist Legrand, which has its North and Central American home base in West Hartford, said it’s acquired a Wisconsin-based lighting manufacturer.

Legrand did not disclose what it paid for Kenall, which makes energy efficient and sustainable specification grade lighting and control solutions for commercial, industrial and institutional buildings. The company specializes in non-residential environments like hospitals, schools, public buildings, food processing, transportation and correctional facilities.

Legrand called it a complementary acquisition.

"We've seen tremendous growth in the specialty and architectural lighting segments through commercial, industrial and institutional channels," Legrand North and Central America President and CEO John Selldorff said in a statement. "With the acquisition of Kenall, Legrand expands its ability to bring innovative, intelligent, and solution-oriented products to new market segments enabling us to meet our customer's evolving needs. Kenall's unique products, customer focus, and innovative technology align perfectly with Legrand's strategic market approach."

While it is investing in Kenall, Legrand said its new company will remain independently operated and self directed.

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