Specialty Optical Systems, Inc. (SOS),
an industry leader in the distribution of specialty lighting products used in commercial and industrial applications, announces the launch of its new E-commerce
web site at www.soslightbulbs.com. This new site offers products to the public at wholesale prices. SOS entered the E-commerce arena in January 2003, with its web site located at www.specialtyoptical.com. Staff built this first site in-house with no prior experience building web sites or in E-commerce. That site was so successful that after fourteen months of operation it was decided to invest in a professionally built site. Bizatomic.com of St. Augustine, Florida was contracted
to build the new site. Soslightbulbs.com offers visitors a much easier site to navigate, with a dynamic search tool. The checkout process is smooth with built-in freight calculations. Conversions of visitors to buyers have tripled with the new site. The site is built on an open-source platform with Linux software.
Visitors to soslightbulbs.com find a vast array of lighting products available for purchase. There are nearly 1,200 products on the site now, and the list is
growing. Solutions can be found for shoppers needing replacement light bulbs for blacklight applications, uv germicidal, stage, studio, theater, medical equipment, hospitality, microscope systems, hospitals, restaurants, aquariums, party lights, and many others. For more information on SOS, visit the
Company’s web site at www.soslightbulbs.com.
A.L.P. Lighting Components, Inc., a leading worldwide lighting component supplier, has purchased the assets of Steel Craft Industries, the Nation’s largest manufacturer of unwired fluorescent fixture assemblies. Prior to the acquisition, A.L.P. represented Steel Craft to the Lighting Industry for nearly 5 decades through its Bill Brown Sales Agency. Steve Brown, A.L.P.’s CEO, points to the merger as one of the more significant steps in the company’s efforts to expand its offering and improve service levels to the OEM Lighting Manufacturers—steps that began with the development of several advanced production lines within A.L.P.’s Metals and Plastics Divisions, then the acquisition of Triboro Electric in 2001 and includes the recent dedication of a much expanded facility in Monterrey, Mexico. “The course we have taken is a natural progression of a 50 year relationship and we believe the advantages are many. With our combined strengths, our customers will be able to enjoy improved service and better regional access to the product. We will also be in a better position to respond to the competitive pressures of today’s marketplace and manage the escalating costs of raw materials,” Steve explains.
For Barry Meister, CEO of Steel Craft, the sale to A.L.P. ensured that the progress they had been making to adapt to the changing needs of the market would continue. “We’ve taken pride in our ability to meet the volume demands of the market with our core products while adding new concepts as well as custom components to our portfolio. This merger will be an asset to our current prospect and customer base. It will give our customer access to a vast
amount of resources as well as a piece of mind to be associated with the excellent reputation that A.L.P has in the lighting marketplace,” Barry explains.
Steel Craft’s entire Newark based manufacturing operation will be placed within A.L.P.’s Atlanta and
Monterrey facilities. Product will be distributed though A.L.P.’s current network that relies on large regional warehousing facilities in Pennsauken, Los Angeles, Chicago and Atlanta. For more information on A.L.P Lighting Components and Steel Craft Industries visit www.alplighting.com or contact us directly at 800-621-1348.
Yorgey Re-Elected Chair of National Lighting Bureau James M. “Jim” Yorgey, P.E., L.C. has been elected to a third term as chair of the National Lighting
Bureau. The Bureau is an independent, not-for-profit lighting education organization sponsored by professional societies, trade associations, manufacturers,
utilities, and agencies of the U.S. government. Douglass M. “Doug” Baillie (Acuity Brands Lighting) was re-elected Vice Chair. Robert “Rob”
Colgan (National Electrical Contractors Association) was re-elected Secretary/Treasurer.
Mr. Yorgey is Technical Applications Manager of Lutron Electronics Company’s Professional Audio/Visual (ProA/V) channel. The ProA/V channel supplies lighting, lighting control, and motorized window treatment products and support to audio/visual dealers, systems integrators, and audio/visual consultants. Mr. Yorgey has been with Lutron since 1970, working in the quality control, engineering, marketing, and sales departments. He also helped develop Lutron’s export business, spending three years in the company’s London office and on assignments in the Pacific Rim. In his current role, Mr. Yorgey provides technical support to
audio/visual dealers and consultants, to help ensure the proper integration of lighting, lighting controls, and window treatments in presentation spaces. Others elected to serve on the National Lighting Bureau Executive Committee are: Jon A. DiGesu (OSRAM Sylvania, Inc.), Mary Beth Gotti (GE Lighting), Mary Jane Kolar (National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions), Paul Lienesch (Philips Lighting Company), Terry McGowan (International Dark-sky Association), Cary S. Mendelsohn (International Association of Lighting Management Companies), Cynthia Nottoli (Advance Transformer), Scott Watson (International Association of Lighting Designers), and David Weems (U.S.
General Services Administration).
More information about the National Lighting
Bureau is available on its website (www.nlb.org) or
by contacting the National Lighting Bureau
Communications Office (8811 Colesville Road, Suite
G106, Silver Spring, MD 20910; tel. 301/587-9572;
fax 301/589-2017; e-mail email@example.com).