By Alyssa Dalton
September 19, 2013 – Planning a major expansion for Q1 2014, Amerlux will relocate its Fairfield, N.J., corporate headquarters and manufacturing facilities to a new 190,000-sf facility in Oakland, N.J.
“We are extremely proud of our hard-earned reputation for industry leadership in the development of the next generation of energy efficient lighting fixtures and our unwavering attention to quality and service,” said Frank P. Diassi, chair of Amerlux. “This investment allows us to build on that reputation and better serve industry professionals who depend upon us to help them grow with a seamless supply chain of superior commercial luminaires.”
Featuring 70% additional space, the new facility boasts state of the art Lean Manufacturing processes for both interior and exterior lighting products and a wire-guidance system in the warehouse to help reduce costs and increase quality. In addition, the facility will house showroom displays, testing areas and a location to run lighting designer CPE courses. New metal fabrication equipment and automated powder coating operations will be installed for upgraded production, while customer service and support offices will be reconfigured to dramatically improve efficiencies, said the company.
“Our new headquarters will consolidate materials, equipment and personnel that are currently housed across several different buildings in New Jersey,” said Amerlux president and CEO Chuck Campagna. “As we continue to advance our domestic and international sales efforts exponentially for both interior and exterior lighting products, this move underscores our commitment to manufacturing here in the USA. These new synergies will help customers benefit from quicker lead times and additional production capabilities.”
Amerlux says it will utilize Lean Manufacturing principles that include a Kaizen system of continual improvements to processes and flow, focused on achieving enhanced productivity with small, incremental changes routinely applied and sustained over a long period.
“This move will significantly improve levels of communication and increase the flow of material, while creating better processes that are needed for ever-expanding products and projects,” added Paul Shaskan, Vice President of operations.