Acuity Brands, Inc., Atlanta, opened a new 60,000-square-foot facility in Toronto for Acuity Brands Canada. The new facility combines the operations of the company's Lighting and Controls offices, a warehouse distribution center and a state-of-the art showroom. Twelve of the offices incorporate a variety of Acuity Brands products to demonstrate lighting applications, and the entire building is networked with nLight controls from the company's Sensor Switch line.

“This new work environment shows customers first-hand what they can achieve when specifying lighting and controls solutions from Acuity Brands,” said Gregory Holm, vice president and general manager, Acuity Brands Lighting Canada. “Centralizing our operation allows us to provide more resources to customers, agents and the community, while providing the best work environment for our employees.”

Acuity Brands Canada will offer a full calendar of classes as well as custom training sessions for sales agency partners and their customers. A lab space will allow the controls division to pre-program and test products, and offer hands-on training. Even the facility's grand opening, which took place Sept. 12, included training sessions on lighting controls and OLED lighting, led by Ian Smith, controls sales manager for Acuity Brands Canada, and Mike Lu, director of OLED technology for Acuity Brands, that qualified for AIA accreditation.