August 12, 2008
“America Wins With Trade” Bus Tour Makes Stop at HAI to Highlight Importance of Free Trade
New Orleans, LA - HAI (Home Automation, Inc.), a leading manufacturer of integrated automation and security products since 1985, received a visit from the Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA) “America Wins With Trade” tour bus on July 31, 2008. The stop was part of a 34-state tour by the CEA to promote the importance of trade to American jobs and U.S. economic growth.
The stop included a tour of the HAI New Orleans facility and a short speech by HAI President Jay McLellan regarding the importance of free trade to the company, “We export about 15 % of our sales, and are interested in increasing that number” explained Mr. McLellan. “We have translated our system into 5 languages, and are now selling in Canada, the European Union, Mexico and other countries. Trade barriers on incoming components or outgoing products are detrimental to HAI and similar businesses across the USA.”
According to the CEA, of its 2,200 members, 80 percent are small and mid-sized companies with revenues of $30 million or less. For companies of this size in particular, trade is crucial for business growth and domestic job creation. The bus will continue its nationwide tour heading to Texas and Arizona before making its way up the west coast.
HAI products are available through a worldwide network of Distributors and installing dealers in over 80 countries. For more information, please visit www.homeauto.com or call 800-229-7256.
For more information on the CEA trade initiative, please go to www.CE.org.
To download a high res picture of the CEA bus in front of HAI Headquarters, please click here: http://www.homeauto.com/mediacenter/HaiPRImage.asp?image=CEABus.jpg
HAI (Home Automation, Inc.) is a privately held manufacturer of integrated automation and security products for residential and commercial use based in New Orleans, LA. Incorporated in 1985, HAI has developed a full line of award-winning automation products, including home control systems, programmable communicating thermostats, smart light switches, Whole Home Audio systems, video surveillance equipment, Touchscreen interfaces, and software that allows access and control of an automation system over the Internet. All products are sold through HAI’s worldwide network of Distribution Partners and installed by trained dealers in over 80 countries. Please visit www.homeauto.com for additional information.
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $161 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,200 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also sponsors and manages the International CES – Where Entertainment, Technology and Business Converge. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry services. Find CEA online at www.CE.org.