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Zumtobel Invests in Americas Expansion

Lighting manufacturer Zumtobel Lighting, Inc., part of Austria-based Zumtobel Group AG, said it’s investing $10 million in talent acquisition and modernization of its production at its North American headquarters in Highland, N.Y. The investment will fund upgrades to its New York production facility and in its U.S. sales and marketing infrastructure.

Part of its funding will come from a $1.3 million grant from Empire State Development Corporation awarded to Zumtobel for use in making improvements to its assembly and distribution facility at the Highland site.

“Our investment in the development of the American market further demonstrates Zumtobel’s commitment to enhance customer satisfaction, expand its product lines along with manufacturing, assembly and distribution capabilities. The funding by Empire State Development Corporation (ESD) further shows the importance of Zumtobel as a strong and vital U.S. employer in the Hudson Valley region. The collaborative relationship we are developing with the state of New York along with representatives from the various governmental agencies is highly valued by us,” said Zumtobel Lighting CEO Kevin Maddy.

The company said the funds will be used for research and development of next-generation lighting fixtures, connected lighting solutions, employee training and factory upgrades. One example, the purchase of a state-of-the-art laser cutter which is used in the production of a variety of luminaire parts, will provide more accurate and faster cutting capabilities resulting in faster production of luminaires with better performance and enhanced lighting quality.

We found it interesting that the company’s boilerplate description in its press release appears to highlight the company’s value to distributors and project managers: “Zumtobel Lighting, Inc. strives to meet the evolving needs of our customers and ships its most popular product in 10 days or less, standard product offerings within 4-6 weeks with an industry leading 98% on-time delivery rate.”

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