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Acuity Brands Taps Cochrane Supply to Expand Footprint in IoT Building Controls and Automation Services

February 1, 2017
ATLANTA, February 1, 2017 – Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI) today announced that its Distech Controls subsidiary has signed an agreement with Cochrane Supply & Engineering, a leading Industrial IoT & Building Controls Supplier, to expand Distech Controls’ footprint in Michigan, Kentucky and parts of Ohio. 
Under terms of the agreement, Cochrane Supply will distribute Distech Controls’ HVAC and Building Management Solutions, including ECLYPSE™ Connected BACnet/IP and Wi-Fi HVAC controller series and ENVYSION™ web-based design and visualization interface. These products create a distributed architecture over IP that enables building owners to optimize HVAC control systems management, and simplify the exchange of business and occupant data.
“The future of building controls runs squarely into the converged space with IP, and Cochrane Supply has a proven track record as a building solutions distributor and a new, strong focus on solving problems for IT and infrastructure departments,” said Martin Villeneuve, President, Distech Controls. “Cochrane Supply shares our passion for delivering the best controls products in the industry, meeting the current and future technology needs of building owners.”
“Our new relationship with Distech Controls is an important milestone in our expansion into the data solutions space,” said Scott Cochrane, President and CEO, Cochrane Supply. “We’re excited to offer their industry-leading IP-based controls solutions to our customers.”
The ECLYPSE Controller Series and ENVYSION interface provide powerful connectivity as well as advanced control, monitoring and analysis, for the IoT building. The ECLYPSE controller series utilizes BACnet/IP and IT standards, delivering empowered IP connectivity and open integration with building management systems.
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About Acuity Brands 
Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI) is the North American market leader and one of the world’s leading providers of lighting and building management solutions. With fiscal year 2016 net sales of $3.3 billion, Acuity Brands currently employs approximately 12,000 associates and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia with operations throughout North America, and in Europe and Asia. The Company’s products and solutions are sold under various brands, including Lithonia Lighting®, Holophane®, Peerless®, Gotham®, Mark Architectural Lighting™, Winona® Lighting, Juno®, Indy™, Aculux®, Healthcare Lighting®, Hydrel®, American Electric Lighting®, Carandini®, Antique Street Lamps™, Sunoptics®, Distech Controls®, Acuity Controls™, nLight®, ROAM® and Sensor Switch®. Visit us at

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Distech Controls


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