Eye Lighting and MaxLite expand luminaire production

July 27, 2012
MaxLite has established its first US-based luminaire and lamp manufacturing facility in West Caldwell, NJ and Eye Lighting has added manufacturing space for LED and HID fixtures in Mentor, OH.

MaxLite has expanded its West Caldwell, NJ facility, adding 5000 ft2 of manufacturing space, and will add a dozen or more new jobs to assemble LED flat panels, LED-based outdoor fixtures, and linear fluorescent fixtures. Eye Lighting will design and build LED and HID luminaires at its expanded Mentor, OH facility.

MaxLite in New Jersey

MaxLite ribbon cutting

Driven in part by requirements of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), MaxLite now has the ability to assemble a range of luminaires at its West Caldwell facility – one of two major distribution centers the company operates in the US along with Rancho Cucamonga, CA.

"Based on the increased demand and a strong response to our latest LED fixtures and lamps, we are expanding our US operations with a new assembly facility, supported by new capabilities and staff members," said Yon Sung, MaxLite president and CEO. "The assembly operation is the beginning of a new era for our company."

MaxLite assembly line

The ARRA was passed by the US Congress back in 2009, and a goal was invigorating the US economy with new jobs. The act requires that products purchased using ARRA funds be manufactured by a company that has met certain requirements for job creation, and MaxLite says that its new facility will qualify. The company had already expanded its West Caldwell staff by more than 20 employees in the last 18 months and will now add a dozen or more new positions.

The new facility will build the FlatMax planar LED fixtures along with outdoor luminaires and fluorescent fixtures. West Caldwell Mayor Joseph Tempesta and Councilman Stanley Hladik joined MaxLite for a ribbon-cutting ceremony (pictured).

Eye Lighting in Ohio

In Mentor, OH, Eye Lighting has opened a 2000 ft2 facility intended to house both luminaire design and manufacturing operations. The company describes the manufacturing space as a "state-of-the-art cell-manufacturing" operation. The facility includes workstations at each assembly position that can provide interactive instruction to workers and bill-of-materials information.

Eye Lighting will build the KiaroLED family of LED-based luminaires and the Urban Act family of HID architectural lighting products in the new facility. The products are being assembled in a pressure-controlled, clean-room environment.

"This facility is a testament to the commitment Eye Lighting has made to the growth of our organization, not just in brick and mortar, but to our exceptional employees as well," said Tom Salpietra, president & COO of Eye Lighting. "They are the reason for our success, and will continue to be as we progress in the development of high quality LED and HID luminaires."