Made-in-Michigan Alumalight Poised for Growth

BIRMINGHAM, Mich., May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Leaders at Alumalight LLC say they expect 2009 sales to exceed $2 million, double those of the previous year, as energy incentives and new emphasis on government use of domestically-produced content drive so-called "green energy" conversion projects.

Alumalight, founded in 2007 in Birmingham and with assembly operations in Troy, is a maker of high-output lighting fixtures that replace older, less-efficient overhead lighting systems in retail, athletic, educational, government and industrial facilities. The energy-saving fixtures produce better light at lower cost than those they replace.

"We believe that the first and easiest place to get quick returns from green energy modification is to reduce existing electrical demand while providing the same, or better, lighting," said Michael Stenback, Alumalight president.

Gary Dillon, Alumalight executive vice president, said that recent government initiatives, including a state government "made in Michigan" preference that gives local manufacturers an edge in state bidding processes, should help Michigan-based companies like Alumalight compete in the emerging green energy market. Other incentives, including utility rebates and so-called green building certification (LEED) for environmentally-conscious energy use, are also bringing interest to new building designers and existing-facility retrofitters to specify advanced energy-efficient lighting.

Alumalight fluorescent fixtures using high-output ballasts are able to operate at wattages ranging from 141 watts up to 472 watts, depending on the number of fluorescent tubes mounted. By contrast, typical high-intensity metal halide lights being replaced run at 458 to 1080 watts and waste up to 55 percent energy as heat, often exceeding 1000 degrees Fahrenheit at the bulb.

Unlike traditional fluorescent fixtures, Alumalight's proprietary design and technology also allows for versatility and in-place reconfiguration of lamps and reflectors, saving significant resources over the life of the installation.

Alumalight uses automotive stamping technology from a Romeo, MI, supplier to create its rugged .063 aluminum housing. The housing, made using automotive-grade Tog-L-Lock(R) fastening systems, offers enhanced cooling that extends lamp and ballast life for low operating costs. The fixtures meet or exceed all U/L standards.

A full range of Alumalight lighting treatments is available to meet conditions in damp and cold areas, spray booths, vaportight and outdoor environments.

For more information on Alumalight LLC, please visit www.alumalight.com or to reach executives for interview, contact Craig Miner at (248) 840-8368.

SOURCE Alumalight LLC



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