Your humble editor would like to thank whoever planned the Artemide party next door to the LEDVANCE party. I literally walked 10 seconds between parties.
Artemide launched their Y Collection, designed by Gensler Chicago. The new, flexible lighting system blends perfectly into the modern workspace and is simply beautiful.
LEDVANCE held their party at a 20’s Speakeasy, complete with a hidden entrance and a required password. I had a one-on-one conversation with Dr. Jacob Tarn, CEO of LEDVANCE who was dressed in the spirit of the party.
Managing Director Jim Johnson welcomed the group and made three major points:
- LEDVANCE is proud that they build their filament bulb in the US and are creating US jobs. They can build about 4000 bulb per hour.
- As they transition and add fixtures, LEDVANCE is the fast growing luminaire supplier in the U.S.
- Customers are buying LEDVANCE product because of their people
In a quick one-on-one discussion, Johnson explained to your humble editor that their market share at Walmart has grown dramatically and that Walmart values their made-in-America products.