Canada, which boasts the eleventh-largest economy in the world, was chosen for Lutron’s first International Experience Center, located in Markham, Ontario, just outside Toronto. The center will showcase a variety of wireless lighting and shading control solutions for commercial spaces from Lutron, Coopersburg, Pa.
“We recognize the importance of Toronto as an international specification location and wanted to add the appropriate resources to best serve our Canadian customers,” said Tom Ike, vice president of Global Sales at Lutron. “We look forward to growing our presence here and servicing this important market.” Ground-breaking on the Canadian facility, a commercial experience center and specification office, began in February 2013. The 2,800-square-foot space, certified as LEED Gold, will celebrate its grand opening this summer. Peter Saccomanno, vice president and general manager of Lutron Electronics Canada Inc., said the facility will include numerous Lutron control solutions including the Quantum® total light management system, EcoSystem® and more.
“Lighting uses about 39 percent of annual electricity in a typical commercial building,” Ike said. “Showing our Canadian customers how Lutron solutions can reduce this figure and save energy is a win for everyone.”
Although the Canadian facility will be Lutron’s eighth experience center in North America, it will be the first outside the United States. Other centers, dating back to 2001, are located in Plantation, Fla., New York City, Coopersburg, Pa., Seattle, Wash., Irvine, Calif. and Washington, D.C.