HessAmerica markets Thorn Lighting products in the US

July 18, 2013
Date Announced: 18 Jul 2013 Gaffney, South Carolina - Two long-established, design-driven manufacturers of energy-efficient architectural luminaires, Hess and Thorn Lighting, have entered into a marketing alliance involving their corporate enterprises, effective April 2013.Benefits for professional lighting specifiers, architects, and landscape architects include convenient access to a broader range of architectural, high-performance outdoor luminaires employing LED and other low-energy light sources. The announcement was made by Terrance O’Toole, vice president, general manager of HessAmerica.Hess of Germany is an internationally renowned manufacturer of original design outdoor luminaires and site amenities. Established in 1948 as a foundry, the company would evolve into an innovator of architectural luminaires in 1968, collaborating with outside design professionals to develop exclusive lighting and site-amenity product designs. Thorn Lighting was founded in 1928 and is a global company with sales in over 100 countries. In 2000, Thorn Lighting became part of the distinguished Austrian-based manufacturer, Zumtobel Group. The synergy of the individual market segments and luminaire designs of Hess and Thorn adds a unique strength to the companies, and offers new product options to lighting and architectural-design communities. Mr. O’Toole remarks, “Since the advent of its first North American manufacturing operation in 1997, Hess has become in North America what it is throughout Germany and Europe; an industry-leading designer and producer of a broad range of technologically-advanced, outdoor area and site lighting. That platform will help build Thorn’s presence in the U.S. market.In 2011, Hess and Thorn Lighting had reached an agreement for Thorn to exclusively market the Hess brand in France, east and southeast Europe. For more information about HessAmerica and Thorn Lighting products, please contact HessAmerica at P.O. Box 28, Gaffney, South Carolina 29342.

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