Some Bulbs Are Still Made in America
Last August, LEDVANCE by SYLVANIA announced it had invested of millions of dollars to keep and add local manufacturing jobs and increase U.S. production of light bulbs.
The initiative has transitioned 200 jobs from making traditional incandescent lighting products to ones featuring new LED technology and also added 20 new jobs. LEDVANCE achieved this goal by upgrading its St. Marys, Pa., and Versailles, Ky., factories. The new SYLVANIA LED light bulbs assembled in the U.S. will be distributed nationwide through retailers and industrial commercial channel partners.
“We are continuing to advance light by combining cutting-edge LED lighting technology with the manufacturing and R&D expertise of our U.S. factory workers and engineers,” said Jes Munk Hansen, CEO of LEDVANCE. “We are the first company in our industry to have a significant LED portfolio like this in the United States, an effort made possible by our first-rate employees. By upgrading our factories and equipment and evolving our business processes, our local workers are bringing light to the nation with modern SYLVANIA LED lighting assembled right here in the U.S.”
According to the company, LEDVANCE is the first general lighting company to now have a significant LED light bulb portfolio made in the U.S. with U.S. and imported parts. LEDVANCE officials looked at how to meet the increased demand for LED lighting, but changed how the company brought some products to market in order to prevent the loss of U.S. jobs and manufacturing. With this initiative, individual components are delivered to the St. Marys and Versailles factories where they are assembled via the new manufacturing lines managed and operated by U.S. employees, with most of the products using glass made at the Versailles factory.
In addition to the new SYLVANIA LED light bulbs, the factories also make SYLVANIA traditional lighting like halogen light bulbs and long life fluorescent tubes.