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Leviton buys Ore. energy-management firm

Leviton Manufacturing Co., the Melville electrical parts maker, has bought an Oregon company that makes dedicated servers for remotely monitoring and controlling building energy systems.

The company said the purchase of Obvius, of Hillsboro, Ore., will help it serve the energy-reduction needs of its customers including the owners and managers of large commercial buildings.

Privately held Leviton, with more than 7,000 employees including 450 in Melville, did not say how much it paid.

Obvius describes its core business as “data acquisition servers offer a scalable solution for any energy monitoring application, including the ability to access and configure devices through any web browser.“ The Obvius servers can track electricity, water, gas, and environmental and renewable energy information.

Leviton said in a Monday news release that the buy will help improve its “leadership position in measurement and verification products for commercial users to make smart decisions on reducing energy use.“

Leviton has a product portfolio of more than 25,000 electrical and energy management devices for homes and businesses, and makes charging stations for the Toyota Prius and Ford Focus electric cars.

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