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Lighting Control Giant Breaks Ground on First Experience Center in Toronto Area Coopersburg, PA – Canada, which boasts the eleventh-largest economy in the world, has been 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. “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 this month. 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% of annual electricity in a typical commercial building,” said Ike. “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 U.S. Other centers, dating back to 2001, are located in Plantation, FL, New York City, Coopersburg, PA, Seattle, WA, Irvine, CA and Washington, DC. About Lutron Electronics (www.lutron.com)Founded in 1961, Lutron Electronics is headquartered in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania, in the heart of the Lehigh Valley. The company designs, manufactures and tests more than 16,000 energy-saving products, which are sold in more than 100 countries around the world. In the US alone, Lutron products save an estimated 10 billion kWh of electricity, or approximately $1 billion in utility costs per year. The company’s early inventions—including the company’s first dimmer design—are now at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, DC.