By Anthony Capkun
January 12, 2018 – The global lighting market’s continuous march toward solid-state lighting has resulted in diminished demand for “traditional” lighting products. As such, Ledvance has announced it is closing its Drummondville, Que., facility by the end of this year, effective January 11.
“The decision to close these plants is a difficult but necessary step in order to focus resources on developing a comprehensive solid-state lighting portfolio that best meets the needs of the market and helps ensure future growth,” explained Ledvance spokesperson Glen Gracia, adding the company “is committed to doing what it can to assist employees during this transition period”.
About 75 employees in Drummondville will be impacted by this closing.
“Production and associated support equipment for some T12 product will be transferred to our Versailles, Ky., factory in the United States,” added Gracia. “The balance of the Drummondville operation will be shut down.”
As part of this announcement, Ledvance is also closing its factory in Exeter, N.H.
“Canada continues to be an important priority for Ledvance,” noted Gracia. “We have recently added to our Canadian sales force to better serve our local customers, and remain dedicated to strengthening our LED business with new and innovative products, while remaining strong in traditional lighting despite a declining market.”
PHOTO: Ledvance Sylvania’s Drummondville facility © Google Maps.