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Smart Pathways Joins Madison Electric Products!

Exciting week here in Cleveland! We recently added Smart Pathways LLC – a leading manufacturer and distributor of Smart LB telecommunications conduit bodies – to the Madison Electric Products family. Conduit bodies have long been part of the installers’ toolbox, but Smart Pathways offers a more advanced solution that solves numerous problems we face on a daily basis. [...]

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Cleveland Embraces Innovation

It’s no secret that Clevelanders love Cleveland. Being an extremely loyal city, it’s safe to say that we accept our flaws and proudly celebrate our successes. (Just ask any Browns or Cavaliers fan!) Over the past few years, there have been a number of revitalization efforts in the land that we love. Cleveland has become [...]

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Meet Our Sparks Inventors: Jeff Locher

As we expand our innovation center to Sparks 2.0 we want to reintroduce the inventors we currently partner with and share more of their personal stories. This post is part of a series that not only explores our inventors and their products, but shares details about their passions outside of electricity. We are very excited [...]

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Meet Our Sparks Inventors: Malcom Duncan

As we expand our innovation center to Sparks 2.0 we want to reintroduce the inventors we currently partner with and share more of their personal stories. This post is part of a series that not only explores our inventors and their products, but shares details about their passions outside of electricity. Have you heard of [...]

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Meet Our Sparks Inventors: Greg Herth

As we expand our innovation center to Sparks 2.0 we want to reintroduce the inventors we currently partner with and share more of their personal stories. This post is part of a series that not only explores our inventors and their products, but shares details about their passions outside of electricity. We’re proud to introduce, [...]

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Meet Our Sparks Inventors: Ron Hill

As we expand our innovation center to Sparks 2.0 we want to reintroduce the inventors we currently partner with and share more of their personal stories. This post is part of a series that not only explores our inventors and their products, but shares details about their passions outside of electricity. If you’ve been to [...]

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Introducing Sparks 2.0!

Welcome to the enhanced version of our successful Sparks Innovation Center! We’re calling it “Sparks 2.0” and it is expanding its reach to new industries. We’re working to develop more products that focus on efficiency and problem solving, now within and beyond the electrical industry. We’re seeking submissions from professionals in the electrical, low-voltage, data [...]

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Smart Box Now Owned by Madison Electric Products

Greg and Madeline Herth have been members of the Madison family since 2009, when they ran into our President, Brad Wiandt, at a tradeshow. In fact, the product they were exhibiting there was the first invention to go through our Sparks Innovation Center! With this long-standing history and close relationship, we are excited to share [...]

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Sparks Innovation Center: Big Ideas Welcome

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Let me tell you a little story … Once upon a time, an electrical contractor named Greg Herth created a non-metallic, depth-adjustable box for old- and new-work applications that would mount internally to wood or 25-guage metal stud framings. No company in the industry offered anything like this, yet Greg knew from his on-the-job experience [...]

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From Madison to the Marines, The Value of Crowdsourced Product Development

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“Designing and building things for the United States military is a notoriously slow-moving and costly endeavor. The time from idea to manufacturing for a new armored personnel carrier or a tank is typically 10 to 20 years. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants to change that, and drastically so. It seeks to cut the [...]

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