Leviton plans training center, showroom in N.O.

Leviton, a lighting and electrical products company that acquired New Orleans-based Home Automation Inc. last year, said it is negotiating for space in New Orleans’ Central Business District to house a training center and a Leviton product showroom that includes home automation products.

The showroom also will be used to demonstrate products for architects and designers, said Greg Rhoades, who was in marketing at HAI and has become the marketing director for Leviton Security & Automation.

The HAI brand was retired earlier this month as the foundation for a new brand under Leviton Security & Automation, based in New Orleans.

“It is a signal of how much Leviton believes in the software and hardware technology being developed right here in New Orleans and how much Leviton believes the comprehensive security/home automation products for which HAI is renowned can be expanded into the mainstream market,” Rhoades said.

“We are adding our smart technology to many of Leviton’s products and we are becoming a technical hub for the entire company. That means being able to hire more local people such as our additional new software and graphic design employees,” he said.

Leviton Security & Automation is one of five business units in New York-based Leviton, which makes and markets 25,000 different products, Rhoades said.

Leviton Security & Automation is managed by Jay McLellan, who was the CEO and president of HAI.