LEDvance, the maker of Sylvania light bulbs in the United States announced that it will transition 200 jobs from producing conventional lighting products, whose market has been declining, to new LED technology and also adds 20 new jobs. LEDvance currently employs over 1,500 in the U.S. in 40 states.
The company reported that it upgraded its St. Marys, Pennsylvania and Versailles, Kentucky factories. The lighting firm is celebrating this announcement at its St. Marys, Pennsylvania factory with retail giant Walmart. Walmart made a 10-year commitment to purchase an additional $250 billion in products supporting American jobs.
New Sylvania LED light bulbs assembled in the U.S. are at Walmart stores nationwide. LEDVance says that the Sylvania LED bulbs assembled in the U.S. will be available at additional retailers and sold through industrial and commercial channel partners in the near future.
“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, 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.”
LEDVance says that the new plant has one of the fastest producing assembly lines in the world for LED light bulbs. The company says that it operates three to four times faster than other lighting manufacturers.
“Our customers have told us that second to price, where products are made influences their purchase decisions,” said Cindi Marsiglio, vice president, U.S. manufacturing, Walmart. “We are focused on buying great quality products like SYLVANIA light bulbs that create jobs in communities across the U.S. It makes sense for our customers, our communities and our company.”