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May 6, 2022   

5 Things to Know:  Week Ending May 7

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A Massachusetts casino project spawns a bribery scandal, while RGB bridge lights in Florida might once again ignite controversy.

 

Here's a roundup of some of the week's happenings curated to help lighting people stay informed.   

 

1.  WESCO reported Q2 sales of $4.9 billion - a new record.

Each of the electrical distributor's global business units delivered double-digit sales and profit growth, with results that are now well above 2019 pre -pandemic levels — thanks, in part, to the 2020 Anixter acquisition.

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2.  Architect Convicted in Massachusetts Casino Bribery Case

David DeQuattro, Managing Principal of Providence architecture firm, RGB Architects, has been convicted of bribing a former Massachusetts Native American tribal leader in exchange for nearly $5 million in contracts related to a large Mashpee, MA casino project.  Bribery payments included a used Bowflex Revolution home gym.  Yes, used.

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3.  Component Demand Remains Incredibly Strong

 


4.  Passing vehicles generate electricity to run highway street lights

One wind turbine in the middle of a motorway can generate as much electricity as 30 solar panels.

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5.  With Pride Month Approaching, Another Bridge Lighting Controversy Seems to be Brewing in Florida 

As we reported last year, rainbow lights on a high-profile Jacksonville bridge marking Pride Month were turned back on after backlash.  With Pride Month less than four weeks away, a repeat controversy seems to be brewing.

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