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LED firm lands in south Forsyth

Takes shine to business community

POSTED: March 22, 2013 12:30 a.m.
 

A company that developed an energy-efficient LED fixture for NASA’s Space Shuttle Program has chosen a site along the McFarland Parkway corridor for its U.S. headquarters.

Founded in 2010, Bright Light Systems Inc. is dedicated to the creative application of advanced lighting technologies.

It anticipates bringing an excess of $100 million in revenue within the next seven years and plans to generate up to 50 new jobs.

Company President and CEO Brad Lurie said in a statement that he chose the south Forsyth location because of his relationship with the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce’s economic development team and “their willingness to support our growth initiatives as an early stage company.”

“Forsyth County offers excellent resources for skilled labor with the Lanier Technical College being a key factor,” Lurie said.

“Our office location offers great proximity to Ga. 400 and is recognized as a technology hub, allowing Bright Light Systems to develop a supply chain within the county borders in an effort to minimize our cost structure due to increasing transportation costs.”

Randall Toussaint, vice president of economic development with the local chamber, said he’s been involved with the company for more than a year.

“It’s been an exciting process to watch them grow at the rate that they’ve grown,” Toussaint said. “And now their new facility … will allow them to really showcase their capabilities, while establishing themselves as a dominant presence within the market.”

Bright Light combines hardware and software to create solutions to reduce energy and maintenance costs.

The savings can also improve the environmental impact of light pollution and provide employees with a safer work environment.

According to Lurie, the company helps customers reduce energy consumption by as much as 85 percent. “We are uniquely positioned as a first mover in a high-growth industry,” he said.

Chris Cummiskey, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, praised the company.

“The advanced technology developed by Bright Light Systems is exactly the kind of innovation that Georgia cultivates,” Cummiskey said. “Access to research generated by our universities, as well as a vibrant technology sector, are key drivers for entrepreneurial, high-growth companies.”

Lurie said Bright Light’s strategy is to “transition from a design/sales/distribution company, where we currently outsource our production, into manufacturing our products in-house.”

“Forsyth is a great location to attract talent based on the cost of living and quality of life including our public school system, convenience to UPS and FedEX, proximity to [the Atlanta airport], and access to Georgia Tech and Southern Poly.”

 

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