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PowerSecure unveils new LED area light for utilities

BY CSA STAFF

Wake Forest, N.C. PowerSecure International announced that it has unveiled a new LED-based area light for utilities, and has already received its first order. The new light is used to illuminate streets, sidewalks, and other infrastructure served and owned by utilities and municipalities.

The new light includes a breakthrough design that reduces energy consumption by two-thirds, reduces maintenance expense due to a five-fold improvement in light life, and improves the quality of light, compared with traditional area lighting. Additionally, the light is designed to provide maximum “dark sky” benefits to the community and to enable the lighting retrofit process to be highly efficient. The company’s new area light is manufactured in the Raleigh, N.C., area.

The company’s first order is from a large electric cooperative who will install 200 lights in an initial phase of a program to upgrade and improve the efficiency of its area light infrastructure. In total, this utility has over 400,000 area lights in operation. 

Sidney Hinton, CEO of PowerSecure, said, “We are very excited about the potential for the new area light. Just one week after unveiling it to the market, we received our first order. This is a testament to the strength and ingenuity of the light’s innovative design, which delivers a fantastic quality of light and minimizes on-going maintenance cost — providing utilities with a strong return on their investment. We are very encouraged by the initial feedback we are receiving from customers on this new product and its potential in the marketplace.”

Additional information is available at powersecure.com.

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Toys’R’Us raises $1.8M for Autism Speaks

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WAYNE, N.J. Toys“R”Us, U.S. announced that its fourth annual nationwide in-store fundraising campaign to benefit Autism Speaks, North America’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, raised nearly $1.8 million.

“For the fourth consecutive year, our customers and employees demonstrated their desire to help solve the autism puzzle by generously supporting our campaign to benefit Autism Speaks,” said Jerry Storch, chairman and CEO of Toys“R”Us. “At Toys“R”Us, we are committed to improving the lives of children and families in need, and we’re proud that our efforts will help Autism Speaks fund much-needed research, as well as advocacy efforts.”

During the campaign, the company said it created several programs to help parents and caregivers of children with autism. In collaboration with Autism Speaks and the National Lekotek Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making play accessible for children with disabilities, the company identified toys that can help children with autism develop crucial skills while playing alongside siblings and friends.  The “Ten Toys That Speak To Autism,” a special subset of the annual Toys“R”Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids, provides toy suggestions specifically for families and friends of children with autism.  With guidance from leading safety organizations and Autism Speaks, Toys“R”Us also developed Safe Play Tips that are relevant for children with autism. The “Ten Toys That Speak To Autism” and Safe Play Tips are available year-round at Toysrus.com/AutismSpeaks. 

Since the partnership launched in 2007, Toys“R”Us, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund and customer contributions have combined to provide Autism Speaks with more than $8.4 million. 

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BJ’s quarterly income up, raises FY guidance

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NATICK, Mass. BJ’s Wholesale Club reported net income for the first quarter of 2010 of $26.1 million, or 49 cents per diluted share. For the first quarter of 2009, the company reported net income of $24.3 million, or 45 cents per diluted share.

Net sales for the first quarter of 2010 increased by 12.9% to $2.55 billion and comparable-club sales increased by 7.8%, including a contribution from sales of gasoline of 3.6%. Excluding the impact of gasoline, merchandise comparable-club sales increased by 4.2%. Net sales for the first quarter of 2009 increased by 0.2% to $2.26 billion and comparabl- club sales decreased by 1.5%, including the negative impact from sales of gasoline of 9%. Excluding the impact of gasoline, merchandise comparable-club sales increased by 7.5%.

The company also announced revised earnings guidance. For the year ending Jan. 29, 2011, the company now expects to report earnings per diluted share in the range of $2.58 to $2.68 and net income in the range of $136.9 million to $141.9 million. Previous guidance was for earnings per diluted share in the range of $2.54 to $2.64 and net income in the range of $133.1 million to $138.1 million.

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